How to Assess a Tree for Risks

By: albertaarb - March 2, 2016

Keeping an eye on the condition of the trees on your property is important. When you need to treat a damaged tree or remove a dead tree, the sooner you do so, the better.

Disease and insect infestation are obvious culprits. Additionally, according to the International Society of Arboriculture, "older and larger trees are [ . . . ] more likely to drop branches or cause root conflicts." Strong winds, ice storms, and construction can also create hazards and make removal necessary. Here are some of the signs that the ISA says to look out for:

On the Tree

  • Large and dead or detached branches are present in the tree, or branches have fallen from the tree
  • Rotten wood appears on the trunk or major branches
  • The tree shows cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches connect
  • A large number of branches start at the same point on the trunk
  • The trunk of the tree leans
  • The tree has broken or otherwise damaged roots
  • The leaves are exhibiting an unusual size or colour
  • The tree has endured topping or heavy pruning
  • Growth is occurring from spots that have been pruned

    Nearby Environmental Signs

  • Mushrooms are growing at the base of the tree.
  • The area around the tree has been altered recently, such as through construction or lawn installation.
  • Nearby trees have died or trees in nearby wooded areas have been removed

These can all be signs that a tree may need to be treated or even removed by an arborist. Some suggest the need for pruning, while in cases where branches are falling off and signs of rot are evident, the tree may be past saving. You want to remove dead trees, as they could fall over and harm you or your home, as well as spread disease or insect infestations to other trees and plants on your property.

We Can Help Your Trees

Whether you need a tree , or you know you need a tree removed, we can help. Our experts know what to look for and how to proceed with pruning, fertilizing, and removing trees from your property.

At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and can ensure no damage is done to your property.

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