• Coupons

  • Save $100
  • Save $250
  • Save $500
  • Free Landscaping Plan

Home » Landscaping » What’s Wrong With My Tree?

What’s Wrong With My Tree?

What's Wrong With My Tree? | Arbor Hills Landscaping | Omaha

When it comes to tree diagnosis, there is a wide variety of issues and diseases that can keep your tree from thriving;

  • insects
  • fungal diseases
  • environmental factors
  • issues from improper care

Just to name a few. Here are a few reasons to what’s wrong with your tree.

What Wrong With My Tree?

By gathering the proper information and taking a closer look at the tree and other environmental factors, you can begin to uncover the mystery of your suffering arbor.


In an often harsh environment like Omaha, Nebraska, it is important to consider recent weather. Normally, plants have time to harden off before winter, but huge drop in temperature damages the plants. The water within the trees vessels freezes which can result in die back from the tissue injury.


Salts used to control ice during the winter can affect all vegetation. This can cause dieback and yellowing of needles and leaves.


Unless there are insects clearly visible, the best starting point is to ensure that your tree is receiving the right amount of water and conduct a soil test. It is important to note that 80% of issues in the landscape are caused by soil.

Under Watering

Under waring during droughts can result in dying trees from drought stress.  During this time, it is especially important to monitor your trees to ensure they are getting enough water. Drought stress can cause leaf scorch, among other ailments.


Over watering remains the number one cause of death in plants. The soil must be saturated and then allowed to dry. Most trees and shrubs will adapt but lots suffer and decline as they stay too wet.


The damage is caused by larvae or caterpillars when they emerge in early spring and start feeding on leaves. Most trees can survive moderate defoliation, but more excessive damage can make them vulnerable to other insects and diseases. This pest prefers leaves of deciduous hardwood trees such as maple, elm, and especially oak.


Some insects on your trees can be left alone while others must be removed to protect the tree. For example, borers can kill a tree. They require treatment. Ants, on the other hand, are generally not a problem. Termites, however, feed on dead tissue, and the tree will need further assessment. If you find insects, try to identify them.

Red Spider Mites

These small mites that live under the “skin” of leaves, sucking at the sap. They cause leaf loss. They’re most commonly found on apple trees, azaleas, and camellias.

Japanese Beetles

Adults are metallic blue-green, ½-inch beetles with bronze wing covers, while larvae are fat, white grubs with brown heads. They can be found on many vegetables, flowers, and small fruit in all states east of the Mississippi River. Adults skeletonize leaves, chew flowers, and may completely defoliate plants while larvae feed on lawn and garden plant roots.

Lilac Ash Borer

Larvae of these insects cause damage in ash, privet, and lilacs by boring tunnels under the bark. Death of the tree may result if left untreated.


Typically green, yellow or black in color, aphids are small, sap-sucking, soft-bodied insects. If you have aphids, you’ll likely find them on plant stems and leaf undersides. There they feed on tender, young growth, causing plants to appear puckered or deformed. You can also detect aphids by the presence of honeydew, a sugar-rich, sticky liquid they secrete.


Scales vary in color and appearance, but they generally look like small bumps on plant stems, leaves and fruit. Scales feed on plant sap, weakening plants and often causing leaves to yellow and die. They also secrete honeydew, like aphids.


The whitefly is a voracious sap-sucking insect that causes stunted plant growth, leaf yellowing and reduced yields. With slender white bodies and wings, whiteflies tend to congregate in great numbers on the undersides of leaves to feed, taking flight when disturbed. Whiteflies also secrete honeydew, which encourages mold growth.

Arbor Hills Landscaping Company Omaha | Best Landscaping Company in Omaha, NE

Arbor Hills Trees & Landscaping Services can provide you with everything from detailed maintenance programs to unique plant production, and other services in between. That means we build water features, walls, patios, irrigation, walkways, outdoor kitchens, lighting and anything else you can help us dream up. Our professionally trained staff can build the landscape of your dreams and keep you from breaking any Home Landscaping Rules.

Click on a heading bar below for more information:

Fire Pit Designs Landscaping Services

Imagine the ambiance created in your backyard landscape by a custom fire pit. Nothing is more inviting on a cool spring night or for fall and winter gatherings of family and friends. A fire pit may be used to provide warmth during outdoor entertaining, but also as a heat source for outdoor cooking or simply roasting marshmallows. Our trained custom fire pit installers are experts in turning your vision into reality. More…

Outdoor Living Landscaping Services

Outdoor Kitchen
Unlimited Outdoor Kitchen offers professional outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, and outdoor living room design, building, and installation services with FREE ESTIMATES. More…

Retaining Walls Landscaping Services

Retaining Walls
Enhance the beauty of your landscape with a retaining wall that is customized to coordinate with your home’s exterior. At Arbor Hills, our retaining wall designer will create a functional retaining wall that is aesthetically pleasing for your personal taste, and within your target budget. With the many materials available today, the retaining wall project you’ve been considering is just a phone call away! More…

Stamped and Colored Concrete

Stamped Concrete
It is time to upgrade or replace some of the hardscape features surrounding your home? Stamped and colored concrete is a beautiful and affordable material. It enhances the color and texture featured on your home’s exterior. Stamped concrete in textures from modern to rustic are available to coordinate with your home’s existing design features. Colored concrete can be blended to match or enhance your home’s exterior color scheme. A designer from Arbor Hills will consider all these existing features at your site visit and when designing your project. More…

Patio Pavers Landscaping Services

Patio Pavers
Concrete pavers are a great way to improve your landscape and garden. They are super strong and lend themselves to many hardscaping projects. They rarely crack but if they do, each piece is easily replaceable. More…

Landscape Lighting Designs

Landscape Lighting
Outdoor lighting can be nearly as important to the overall look and feel of your home as the landscaping itself. So you shouldn’t short-change yourself by skimping on quality lighting products. We are a full-service landscape and waterscape company that can solve all of your residential and commercial lighting needs anywhere in Omaha and the surrounding areas. More…

Water Feature Landscaping Designs

Water Features
Imagine the sight and sound of bubbling water as you relax in your outdoor sanctuary. A water feature can give just the right ambiance to your outdoor retreat. Or, if you are looking for a water feature with traffic-slowing curb appeal, a designer from Arbor Hills will help you choose the water feature that best enhances your home. More…

Sod Installation Services

Sod Installation Omaha
Whether you have just built your home, cleared agricultural land for your personal use or simply want to improve the look of your existing yard, having sod installed is a fast way to create the lush, green carpet of grass you want. It offers instant satisfaction rather than the weeks of waiting and anticipating whether or not your grass seed is going to grow. Plus, using sod offers a host of other benefits. More…

Mulch & Rock Landscaping Services

Mulch and Rocks Landscaping Omaha
The concept, to design, to delivery and installation, we have more than 20 years experience in the landscaping industry in the Omaha and surrounding areas. Our services include delivery, full installation, and clean-up of mulch and rock around your beds, trees, and more. More…

Plants & Shrubs Landscaping

Garden Center Omaha Plants and Shrubs
Plants and shrubs are the backbone of your landscape and should be the first things you plant. Proper selection will enhance a home’s appearance and increase property value while reflecting the homeowner’s style and personality. More…

Tree Nursery

Trees for sale Omaha
Let our trained nursery professionals assist you in selecting the perfect tree or shrub to complete your landscape. We carry a selection that is unmatched in the Omaha and the surrounding areas and are willing and eager to explain our favorites. Improved varieties are introduced each year and we always strive to carry the best and newest – varieties more resistant to disease, shade trees better able to withstand storm damage and ornamentals in unique colors, shapes and sizes you have to see to believe. More…