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How to figure out if the tree in your yard is dead or alive?

Step 1: Are Leaves Missing?

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Step 2: Have More Limbs Than Usual Been Falling?

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Step 3: Is There Unusual Formations Around Bases? Sawdust, Popcorn Like Nodules, Holes?

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Step 4: If It Is Spring and Leaves Are Gone Are Smaller Twigs Forming?

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Step 5: During the Winter Are There Smaller Limbs With Buds Ready to Bloom in Spring?

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The absence of smaller limbs indicates tree disease.

Step 6: During the Summer Are There More Sucker Limbs and Leaves Appearing on the Trunk and Inside of the Tree?

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Step 7: Is the Tree Green Because Its Only Covered in Ivy or Wisteria Vines?

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Step 8: Are the Pine Needles Brown or Sparse?

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