Moving trees!

The tree that houses our internet connection has died!

Our local arborist from Liberty Tree Enterprises is on the property tomorrow, Wednesday, to fell a dead tree. It is the tree that has our Outreach Internet wireless antenna attached to it very close to its top.

Outreach are standing by to re-install the antenna in another tree close by but it’s reasonable to plan for being off-line for a couple of days.

Thus, the following article that recently appeared on Mother Nature Network seems a most appropriate item to share with you all.


How to tell if a tree is dead or dying.

by NOEL KIRKPATRICK, May 19, 2018.

A sick tree can infect the other trees in your yard. (Photo: Jannarong/Shutterstock)

A dying tree in a forest is nature simply running its course and eventually giving back to its ecosystem. A dying tree in a well-landscaped yard, however, can pose problems for other trees and everything else around it.

If you have trees near your home, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on their health and to take action if you think a tree is dying or dead.

But first it’s important to be sure your tree is actually sick. This may seem like common sense, but some trees will exhibit signs of illness as part of their usual seasonal cycles. Kevin Zobrist, a Washington State University extension forestry educator, explains that some trees, like the western red cedar, will temporarily appear sick “due to normal seasonal dieback.” So the first step to identifying if a tree is dying is to identify the tree to make sure it’s not just behaving like it’s supposed to.

It’s also important to remember that not all causes of tree sickness are insect-related. Ailments can be the result of improper planting, diseases and weather-related events, like severe storms, winds and drought.

5 signs your tree may be dying

Strong winds can cause trees to lean out of their original shape. (Photo: kenkistler/Shutterstock)

1. Too much leaning or an otherwise odd shape. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), trees leaning 15 degrees away from their original vertical position aren’t doing so well. Trees that were originally straight that are leaning like this are likely the victims of strong winds or root damage. The InterNACHI says that large trees that are leaning due to wind “seldom recover.”

2. Cracks in the tree. These are deep splits in the bark of the tree that can be difficult to identify. Some trees are supposed to have cracks. But deep cracks and gashes can lead to serious issues and “indicate the tree is presently failing,” per the InterNACHI.

Trees aren’t big fans of cankers, either. (Photo: Ngukiaw/Shutterstock)

3. Trees can get cankers, too. Cankers are deeply unpleasant things for both humans and trees. In the case of our arboreal friends, cankers are areas of dead bark, the result of a bacterial or fungal infection, according to the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), a trade group for tree professionals. These infections get inside the tree through an open wound, and the stress of the infection causes the bark to become sunken or fall off the tree. A tree is more likely to break apart near a canker.

4. Wood shows signs of decay. Decay is often hard to spot because it often starts on the inside of the tree, according to TCIA. There are still signs of decay that you can see, however. Mushroom-like spores on the visible roots, stems or branches are clear signs of decay, and cavities where wood is missing also indicate that the tree isn’t healthy.

5. The tree has deadwood. This is exactly what it sounds like: It’s wood that’s dead. When a tree starts dropping branches or limbs, it’s a sign it’s trying to conserve resources by making itself smaller. In addition to being dry and easy to break, deadwood can also be identified by the color of the wood. If it’s bright green, the tree is still healthy. If it’s dull green, it’s dying, and if it’s brown, it’s deadwood. Be sure to test other branches from around the tree as it is possible that only that section of the tree is dying.

Arborists can help

Arborists can help you with many of your tree-related needs, including tree removal. (Photo: Evgeniy Zhukov/Shutterstock)

If you don’t feel comfortable making the call regarding your tree’s health, consult the professionals. Agricultural extensions organized through universities can help you determine the state of your tree, and let you know if trees in your county or state are experiencing problems. If you’re not sure how to contact your extension, the National Pesticide Information Center maintains a list of extensions in each state and U.S. territory.

You can also reach out to an arborist, also referred to as a tree surgeon. These individuals can help you determine the health of your tree and if a removal is necessary. If it is, many arborists can help you with that as well. The International Society of Arboriculture has an easy-to-use tool to help you locate ISA-certified arborists in your area.


I hope that the above article has been informative and that you will understand why there may be a pause from this end.

So I will close the post by including another photograph taken on Monday afternoon of our tree that confirms that it has come to the end of its natural life and that if not felled could be a danger to the house.

See you soon (fingers crossed!)

12 thoughts on “Moving trees!

  1. Unfortunately, 2 years ago we had a derecho come thru that felled a tree in our backyard. Several of the trees are dying but our landlord is cheap & doesn’t perform the maintenance necessary so I feel your pain. Fingers crossed.


    1. Luckily, although we have a number of trees that may not make it for too many more years, our arborist said how much he hates taking down a tree that just may not be fully dead! He was a great find!

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  2. It is always sad when a tree dies, so many trees now are coming to their end days. I see many in the woods near by which are in decay.
    Do you know the reasons why this tree has given up?
    I also don’t think we understand just what effects our own modern day technology is doing both to ourselves and nature, as the vibrations from our devices penetrate our own energy waves.
    Many trees I see have disease and die back. A great plight here in the UK was and is the Dutch Elm Disease caused by a fungus ( Ophiostoma ulmi. ) has killed an estimated 20 million trees in Europe. That is a lot of oxygen loss, not forgetting all the rain forest deforestation.
    As you know Paul, I adore trees, and am passionate about saving them. So any tree that dies is a loss.. So I feel for you.

    Good to be back and reading your wonderful posts again Paul.. Take care both of you. ❤


    1. Sue, wonderful to see you back in this place as well. Thankfully we share your love of trees and have many young ones, especially cedars, that are looking very healthy. This fur is an old tree very close to the house and maybe, years ago, the foundations for the house disturbed it.

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      1. I sympathise, and know it will be missed.. I have a recycled small Christmas tree which I pot on each year with roots..
        I forgot this year to repot it, and came back from our holiday to see it looking very sad as we had had hot weather in Eng while away..
        My husband re-potted it saying the roots were pot bound.. And this week.. Yeah… We have new growth on the tips of it..
        So I am happy… 🙂 I may post on my garden blog in some future. post.


  3. Here’s hoping any outage at your end is short-lived.

    In the meantime, I came across this post just today that you may find of interest; it’s a blog post about a book called ‘As Good as Gold: a dog’s life in poems’:

    A book with an enormous heart for readers of all ages, it includes 35 poems and haiku accompanied by expressive portraits of our canine friends.


    1. Just been across to that site speaking of the book As Good as Gold. Sounds like a great book. One for grandson Morten!

      Many thanks for the link and your kind wishes for today!

      I have a post scheduled for Friday, assuming we are reconnected then!

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