What Causes the Tree to Die?

Not all tree species will last long for hundreds or even thousands of years. There are trees that might last up to 50 years or less, depending on the condition they are in and the state of the vegetation. The trees we usually have in the city don’t last that long, there are trees that their longest lifespan is 10 years. Most of the landscape trees don’t also last very long especially if they are high-maintenance and the homeowners fail to take care of them.  


Such maintenance routine like tree trimming and regular inspection are some of the factors why live long, and they are important to do regularly. Like us human beings, trees die because of old age too or disease too. There are many factors that lead to this, they are as follows.  

Root Damage and Loss 

Like a ship, the tree’s anchor is its roots. Without the roots, it won’t be able to survive and grow. A healthy root means a healthy tree. A damaged root will slowly die even if it’s still a baby tree. The root is responsible for the absorption of water and nutrients that the trees need for daily survive. So if the tree has damaged roots, it won’t be able to take in the necessary nutrients.  

One of the common reasons why a tree slowly dies is because of lost or damaged roots. If you’re a homeowner who doesn’t know how to spot root problems, the tree will surely die overtime. It’s because any sign of root problem is not easy to identify since they are located underground, most of the time cases like this is not salvageable anymore.  

Harsh Weather Condition 

Once the nature forces take its toll and affect the tree, most likely the tree will be greatly damaged or slowly dies. A strong typhoon, wind and a lightning struck is enough for a tree to break. Even strong rain can cause damages to the trees. The precipitation will clog the ground; as a result the toots will loosen. The too much snow can also affect the branches. All of the mentioned reasons can greatly affect the trees.  

Disease and Infection 

The tree can also suffer from fungi, bacteria and infection. These things are one of the most deadly reasons why a tree dies. The sources of diseases are insects like fungi and beetles. If you don’t notice them on the early stages, they will quickly spread and kill the surrounding trees. Infection is one of the reasons why you should have your trees regularly checked.  

Poor Maintenance 

Another obvious reason why a tree dies early is because of the lack of maintenance it gets. Trees need regular maintenance like trimming to stay healthy and produce fruits. Their branches need to be regularly trimmed so it will encourage more growth. The tree might look that it doesn’t need care because it can product its own food, but it needs care like our other plants.