How To Save A Dying Tree In 4 Practical Steps

a dying tree

Trees are very important in our environment. If you are lucky enough to have one growing in your own property, you will have to take care of it simply because it can help provide you and your family with many benefits. Aside from the shade, it can also provide you with fruits or nuts depending on the tree.

If the tree is properly cared for, it will help enhance the beauty of your home exterior. You can use it as a tree house if it is sturdy enough, and it can also be used as a home for birds or other wildlife. At the very least, it can produce oxygen and make your home greener and more appealing. With a tree in your property, living sustainably is much easier. Find out how you can live sustainably in your every day life here.

Trees however, can suffer from diseases and damage or attack from different insects and critters. If you do not want to let it die, you will have to call in the professionals for help. For minor problems however, you might be able to do the following steps to save the dying tree.

Things You Need To Prepare

1. Common Large Gardening Tools

gardening tools

You use them to inspect the tree so you will know what is causing the problem. You will need to use a garden hoe, a cultivator and a shovel to dig the soil around the roots of the tree. If you do not have any, you can use a dibber, trowel or a hand fork.

2. Gardening Gloves

garden gloves

This can help protect your hands from dirt and insects or rot that you might have to handle to save the dying tree. You can also use work gloves or rubber gloves if you do not have gardening gloves or if you need more protection for your sensitive skin.

3. A Water Source And A Hose

a water hose

This will be used to water the tree. If you do not have a hose, you can use a watering can or a bucket. You can also set up a sprinkler near the tree if you know how to do it properly.

4. Mulch

hands full of mulch

This will be used to help protect the roots of the trees from heat and exposure to the elements. You will need to use high quality mulch. If you do not have it, you can use rocks, rubber, old newspapers and pine needles.

5. Pruning Tools

using a large pruning tool

You will be using them to remove the diseases parts of the tree. Make sure that these tools are sharp enough. You can also try to use saws if you do not have any pruning shears, garden scissors or cutters.

How To Save A Dying Tree In 4 Steps

Step 1: Inspect The Tree

analyzing trees

If you have gardening experience, you might want to take a good look at the tree so you can assess the problem carefully. You will need to see if the tree is suffering from disease, rot or infection. You should also try to check if the tree has suffered from physical damage as a result of calamity or cuttings.

Wear your gardening gloves and start to inspect the leaves, the trunk and the branches of the tree for any signs of diseases. You can also try to use large gardening tools so you can easily check the tree for pests and cracks in the trunk, for the lack of leaves, decay, weak wood and other similar problems.

Step 2: Increase Or Decrease Mulch

a bag of mulch

Mulch is very useful when it comes to protecting roots of tree. If your tree needs proper heat protection, you can opt to add mulch. If you added too much mulch, you will have to remove some of it to allow the roots to breathe, so that you can prevent rot, fungi or disease from spreading.

Step 3: Pruning The Tree


If you see that the tree has branches or areas where rot or other diseases have started to develop, you will need to cut it right away before it starts to spread to other areas. You might have to use a ladder for large trees. Always try your best to do it as safely as possible so you won’t harm yourself while doing it.

Step 4: Checking The Water

weak tree

If you think that the tree lacks water because the weather is too hot or dry in your area, you can use a hose to water the tree regularly. Depending on what type of tree it is, you will have to water it once or twice every week. Always give the tree good drainage since adding too much water can kill the tree.


Caring for trees is not just good for the environment, it is also a great way to keep your home exterior looking nice. Trees take a lot of time to grow, this is why you will have to do what you can to save it if it is in distress. Follow the above steps carefully, but if you lack expertise, never hesitate to call an arborist.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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