Trees seem to be one of the most harmless creatures ever existed in our land. Although this is true in most cases, it is possible for them to be hazardous and cause injury to someone and even cause a person's death. It may be because of the natural force of nature or simple negligence on our part. We want trees to be our friends and not our dreaded enemies, so before they can even cause harm, it is best to figure out if they are still safe in your backyard or they are accidents waiting to happen.
No matter how seemingly healthy a tree is, it is essential to understand that they can be vulnerable to damage due to ice storms, intense rainfall, and other natural occurrences. Make sure to check your tree every season to ensure its health. Here are some tips on how to spot a dangerous tree:
Assess the Overall Tree
When you assess your tree, start by positioning yourself in a place where you can have a glance of the entire tree. You should be able to answer the following question: Is the tree leaning to one direction? Are there apparent dead branches hanging from it? Do the leaves drop prematurely? If the answer to all of these is yes, then it is best to contact a professional tree company. Let them inspect the tree for hazard, and they will be able to recommend the best solution to the problem.
After your overall assessment of the physical state of the tree, you should take note of the ground where it's planted. You have to watch for the root system and make sure it is in good health. There are two types of roots a tree has the anchoring roots and the absorbing roots. Anchoring roots are often visible because they are the ones who give structural support to the tree. If you see decaying roots, this is a point of concern. Your tree may look healthy on the upper area, but once the root system is compromised, the tree can fall off anytime. Also, if there is fungal growth around the base of the tree, call a certified arborist at once.
If you suspect something is not right with your tree, take time to assess the tree's trunk. Presence of cracks or cavities in your tree's trunk means it can split anytime. Take note of where the crack is located. If there are areas where the bark is falling off of the trunk, it can be a sign of a fungus infestation or a dead segment.
Trees that don't get enough sunlight will start to shed branches. Dead branches are dangerous especially after a storm when they are the most vulnerable. Inspect your tree for deadwood and branches that don't grow leaves. If you see any signs of them, don't wait too long before calling a tree removal service.
Safety should always come first when it comes to maintaining trees. When you see something is not right with your tree, consult the professionals to help you sort things out. We hope these tips help