How to Recognize Hazardous Trees

By: albertaarb - September 30, 2013

There are many tips on how to recognize if a tree is an impending hazard or not. These are some of the things to consider in order to recognize hazardous trees.

Falling Branches

Branches falling off is usually the first sign of a hazardous tree. Therefore, it is important to inspect the "crown" of the tree (the place where the branches are connected to the trunk) and see if there are any weak spots. If the branches interfere with power lines, they should be cut off to prevent a potential hazard. Similarly, branches that hang dangerously over your neighbors property should be brought to down.

Inspect the Trunk

The trunk shows the stability of the tree and how it can be expected to react in events such as hurricanes or tornadoes. One must inspect the trunk for damages, cracks and such. Also, one must be aware of diseased parts of the trunk that may weaken it considerably. Many agriculturists say that forked trunks (trunks that branches into two or more trunks near the center or near the root) are signs of weakness.
Ideally, weak trees should be cut, however, there are methods of reinforcing the tree to resist strong winds. Nonetheless, if a tree is confirmed to have weak trunks, the most logical method is the cut it down.

Inspect the Roots

The roots are an important part of the tree as it is responsible for the stability and strength of the tree itself. Check whether the roots are still firmly in the ground or if the soil is slowing breaking apart. If you notice any weakness around the base of the tree, it could be a sign of a hazardous tree. As such, you should contact professional arborists who will assess the tree and either decide to cut it down or reinforce it. However, if there are signs of decay in the root, cutting it down is the best thing to do. That way, you will avoid a potential disaster. 

Hazardous Tree Removal

If you have a hazardous tree in your backyard, you should hire a tree removal service to come and assess the condition of the tree. Tree removal experts have the expertise as well as the tools required to cut down a hazardous tree.

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