When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.
Having what looks like mushrooms growing out of the side of your tree may seem cool at first, but actually, this is a very bad sign. These "mushrooms" are actually known as brackets, and you are correct in your assessment that they are fungi. They are actually the fruiting bodies of fungi that have invaded your tree, leeching nutrition out of its tissues. So, what does this mean for your tree?
Your tree is going to die.
Not to be grim about it, but if your tree is not dead already, it is well on its way to the grave. Most fungal infections begin in the smaller branches and twigs, but over time, they progress to the point of invading the tree's deeper tissues. This is when the brackets start appearing on the side of the tree. By the time they appear, your tree's vascular tissue has probably become mostly overgrown with fungi, which means it's not going to be able to transport water and nutrients up its trunk very effectively.
Your best choice is to have the tree removed.
While you could wait for the tree to die completely before removing it, there are a few reasons why it's best to just get this over with now:
Contact a tree care company and have them remove the tree for you. Do not attempt this yourself unless the tree is very small. It's difficult to predict where a tree is going to fall when it has a fungal infection and some of its wood has been weakened. Professionals will ensure the tree does not fall on or otherwise damage your home or property.
Mushrooms growing out of the side of your tree may be a wonder of nature, but they don't mean good things for your tree's health and longevity. Contact a company like Pete & Ron's Tree Service, Inc. for more information and assistance.