How to Identify a Dangerous Tree

How To Identify A Dangerous Tree
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Identifying a dangerous or hazardous tree on your property is not always easy. Spotting a problem early can minimize your chances of having a serious problem, like damages to you or your home. Unpredictable dangers like disease and weather can make many trees more vulnerable, so it’s important as a responsible homeowner to recognize how to tell if a tree is dying or is going to fall. The experts at Tree Service Pros are sharing some common tree hazards and when to get a professional on your property.


Dead, Broken, or Damaged Limbs

One of the most obvious and visible ways to tell if a tree is dying is dead and falling branches. While occasional shedding of leaves, twigs, and smaller branches is normal, huge limbs falling from the tree isn’t normal. Dead limbs can remain in a tree for years, oftentimes spreading decay to surrounding live tissue, creating an even bigger problem. The dead and damaged limbs could be from internal rot within the trunk or disease, so it’s important to have the tree evaluated immediately by a professional.


Tilted or Leaning

An obvious sign to look out for to tell if a tree is going to fall is sudden tilting or leaning. Some trees grow with a slight slant and are rarely a cause for concern. But trees that develop a sudden tilt or lean may pose a significant danger to you or your property. An experienced arborist should be called, where they can come out and evaluate your tree. The tree professional will consider what the tree is leaning toward, root issues, and where the tree is located on your property. After inspection, a tree removal service might be required.


Cracks or Splits in the Trunk

The trunk of a tree can tell you a lot about its health. If you see deep cracks, splits, cavities, or missing bark, it’s usually a signal of a dead or damaged section. These instances all make a tree structurally unstable, so it’s best to get the tree taken care of sooner rather than later. Your tree could break or fall at any moment, especially during a storm with high winds, heavy rain, and lightning.


Root Damage

Not only do tree roots anchor and hold up a tree, but they also provide water and nutrients through the soil. Trees can appear healthy but underground can have some serious root problems. To determine if your tree is healthy, examine the base and ground around the bottom of your tree. Look for cracked or raised soil as well as fungus, which can be a sign of rotting or decayed roots. Thinning leaves, dead branches, and limited growth can all point to root damage, too. These situations all require immediate attention.


Disease or Infestation

Tree disease and infestation are common and pose the risk of falling branches or the whole tree tumbling over. Disease outbreaks weaken the integrity of the tree and if not handled quickly and professionally, can sometimes wipe out an entire grove or field of trees. Look for yellowing foliage, stem or root damage, leaf wilt, discoloration, and premature defoliation, and call an expert immediately.

At Tree Service Pros, we have been caring for trees and our customers for years. We provide high-quality work for a competitive and affordable price for residential and commercial customers throughout Lebanon, Berks, and the surrounding counties. With years of experience and expertise, our customers feel confident knowing their trees are in good hands. Connect with our team today for all your tree service needs.

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