Watch For These Signs Your Tree is Dangerous

By: albertaarb - March 25, 2015

As a homeowner, you likely do everything you can to ensure the safety of your property, family and the guests who visit you. It’s just part of being a responsible person.


However, trees aren’t always easy to maintain for the average person. Even if you have a gardener, he or she may not know the ins and outs of trees in your area, and may not be familiar with the warning signs associated with sick and potentially dangerous trees.

Keep your eyes open for these signs of tree danger to make sure your trees and your property are safe.

Visible Decay

Visible decay is one of the most obvious signs of potential tree danger for homeowners, but spotting it isn’t always as simple as it sounds. In some cases, decay can happen where many homeowners don’t look on a regular basis, especially in the case of large trees that aren’t accessible from all sides.

While homeowners can certainly inspect trees on their own for visible decay, having your gardener or somebody knowledgeable on tree health is often a good idea. According to arborist T.J. Clark of Green Tree Company, all decay isn’t the same. Therefore, just because you see decay doesn’t mean the tree needs to come down.

It will take a specialist to tell you how bad the decay is. Sometimes just removing a limb or taking steps to get the tree back up to optimal health is all that’s needed.

Rotten Crotch

Rotten crotch is something that happens mostly in older trees, though it can happen to trees that are considerably younger as well. The crotch is the middle part of the tree that should look like a solid, strong U-shape in bigger trees.

When it becomes damaged and weakens the structure of the tree it’s usually because these large areas hang onto rainwater and it just can’t dry properly. While this can certainly happen in all climates, it’s more common in areas where heavy rain and snow pose a problem for trees and homes.

If left to decay, rotten crotch can cause an entire tree or just a portion of a tree to crumble or collapse in one fell swoop. It could collapse on you, your guests or a portion of your home. If the tree is big enough it could easily damage your roof or severely injure a person.

Root Damage

The root system of a tree keeps it healthy and works to support the weight, but an unhealthy root system can lead to serious damage. To tell if your root system is healthy, you want to see roots that are evenly distributed and spread out at the base of the tree.

If the root system appears sporadic that could mean that you have weak spots, which can lead to limb or whole tree collapse over time.

Are Your Tree Branches in Danger of Falling?

If you’re concerned that branches may fall off of a tree on your property, you should call a professional before someone is injured. With over 22 years experience in dealing with all kinds of trees and conditions, Alberta Arborists can help you identify whether or not a tree branch should be removed, and then we’d use the proper techniques and professional equipment to ensure that your branches come down in the absolute safest manner possible.

Contact us today for more information about our tree removal services, and protect yourself, your tree, and anyone else on your property!

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