Just like humans, trees get sick and in the same way, it can become unhealthy over a long period of time with many symptoms going unnoticed.

When we are called for tree removal in Cessnock it is often because a tree has passed the point where tree surgery may have been able to bring it back to a healthy state.

Here at Hunter River Trees, we care passionately about all trees – even those we have to cut down – and we like to educate our customers on how to best care for them.

Here is how to check the health of the trees on your property,

The Trunk


The condition of the trunk gives a fair indication of the structural integrity of a tree.

Inspect the trunk looking for wounds, cracks, cavities, and bulges. As well as signals of structural damage, these can all act as entry points for harmful pathogens. 

The Bark


The bark is a tree’s skin and protects the tree from external stresses such as pests, diseases and harsh climatic conditions. If the bark is dead and flaking, it is not a good sign.

Like human skin, bark can bleed. If you see a sap-like liquid oozing from the bark it could be an indication that the cambium (a layer of growing wood) has a problem.

This might be due to a fungal or bacterial infection, or down to burrowing insects.

The Leaves


A tree should have a healthy growth of leaves, particularly in the crown (the top of the tree) which should be dense enough to shade the roots but absorb energy from the sun.

A thinning crown could be due to a disease or a pest infestation.

The colour of leaves can also tell you about the health of a tree. Unless the tree is a coloured species, leaves should be lush and green and pretty much uniform in shape, size, and shade.

Yellow or browning leaves out of the autumn season are a cause for concern.

The Roots


50 per cent of a tree’s roots are in the top six inches of soil. As the roots provide the nutrition for the tree if they are damaged, they will affect the overall health of the tree.

Typically, roots should not be exposed, damaged, or disturbed. 

It is important to catch problems as quickly as possible.

If you notice the warning signs, don’t immediately assume you have to call for tree removal in Cessnock.

We may be able to save your tree with some targeted surgery or other treatment. Call us or fill out our contact form for a free quote.

For more information on tree removal, read our previous blog post on how to prepare for tree removal in Maitland!