How to figure out if the tree in your yard is dead or alive?
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Step 1: Are Leaves Missing?
Step 2: Have More Limbs Than Usual Been Falling?
Step 3: Is There Unusual Formations Around Bases? Sawdust, Popcorn Like Nodules, Holes?
Step 4: If It Is Spring and Leaves Are Gone Are Smaller Twigs Forming?
Step 5: During the Winter Are There Smaller Limbs With Buds Ready to Bloom in Spring?
The absence of smaller limbs indicates tree disease.