Indianapolis arborist Mike Volz said this year, in particular, he is seeing more zombie trees -- trees that look alive but are dying from the inside out.
“You can notice something seems to be a little bit off with the tree. It might have to do with something like root decay or damage to a root system or something like that,” Volz said.
The causes of zombie trees vary. Volz said weather events such as lightning, windstorm or a hard freeze can contribute to a zombie tree outbreak. Texas experienced a rash of zombie trees in February after a surprise deep freeze.
Volz recommends having a trained professional examine the tree to determine whether it can be saved.