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One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Signs That An Older Tree May Be Dying

by Mike Brewer

Are you concerned that a tree on your property may be dying? If so, then it is important to follow up on it to verify if it really is reaching the end of its life.  A dying tree is weakened, which means it is more likely to drop large branches or even to blow down during a storm—both things that can pose a risk to your family. The following are signs that a tree really is dying and that it is time to have it removed.

Crown dieback

Mature trees rarely die in a single season. Instead, it is a process where the vascular system gradually fails over months or even years. As it fails, parts of the tree's crown begin to die off. It may begin with young branch tips die back once year, followed by full branches that didn't survive the second year. In some cases, a flush of fresh twigs are produced in spring, but by mid-summer, they are sporting nothing but dead, dry leaves. If more than a third of the tree is dying back, chances are the tree is failing. It is time to have it removed before the damage becomes severe.

Sucker growth

Suckers are the whip-like, twiggy growths that sometimes occur on trees. Many healthy trees put out a few suckers each year, typically from the roots or the base of the tree. While it is important to trim off these suckers so they don't steal nutrients from the main tree, they don't typically indicate a healthy problem. Suckers can indicate a problem when they become severe or when they begin growing from areas higher up the trunk. Often, when a tree is failing, it sends out a tangle of suckers from the side of the trunk. This sucker growth almost resembles a bush growing from the tree trunk. There may even be multiple tangles of suckers. This is the tree, which is often plagued by internal rot, trying to force new growth in a last ditch effort to survive.

Fungus and decay

Trees typically die from the inside out as rot invades the pith at the center of the trunk. You may see the fungus when it sends out fruiting bodies in the form of shelf fungus along the trunk or mushrooms around the base of the tree. The bark may also start falling off in large pieces and sheets. In some cases, holes or cracks can form in the trunk, giving you a first-hand glimpse of the rot occurring inside. Insect activity is also typically higher on trees suffering from fungus and decay.

For more help, contact a tree removal service in your area.

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