The contents of this article are taken directly from VCE-Publication 430-210 which was written by Bonnie Appleton, Extension Specialist, Hampton Roads AREC, and reviewed by David Close, Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech.

Few residential trees die of “old age.” Mechanical damage and improper tree care kill more trees than any insects or diseases. Avoid making the tree-damaging mistakes shown in the diagram. Few of these items alone would kill a tree, but multiple problems will certainly stress, and could eventually kill, a tree. 

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