Trees in yards, along streets, and in suburban or urban areas provide many benefits like reducing energy costs by shading homes and buildings and sheltering them from wind, beautifying landscaping which can increase property values, providing food and habitat for wildlife, reducing stormwater runoff, and improving air quality. But there are some common problems that can impact the health or aesthetic value of yard trees in Ohio. These are often caused by environmental stressors like compacted or degraded soils, altered hydrology, climatic conditions, or pollutants. Sometimes the issues are caused by insects or diseases that may be more prevalent in suburban than rural areas, for various reasons. In some cases, there are relatively easy treatments or options to minimize damage, and in other cases, there are very few practical management options.
The ODNR Division of Forestry can provide information on identification of yard tree problems as well as management advice. For in-person consultation of yard tree issues, it is recommended that you contact an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist. Certified arborists in your area can be located at the ISA website.