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Dealing with a Declining Tree

You notice a tree in your yard that just doesn't look healthy. Perhaps it's losing leaves, or entire branches are dying. Whatever the symptom, the cause of tree decline is complex, often a combination of several factors. Often the symptoms of an ailing tree show long after the real damage has begun, making any "cure" difficult, if not impossible. Be sure to diagnose the problem before taking action; this may require the assistance of a professional arborist.


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