How to spot Dangerous Trees on your Property

Howtospotdangeroustreesonyourproperty

Sometimes trees on your property can fall over – but luckily most trees give off warnings that they are in danger of falling before doing so. Here’s how to spot dangerous trees that are in risk of falling down on your property.

 

Inspecting your Trees

This should be done a few times a year – when they grow leaves in the spring, after the leaves fall in Autumn, and after any big storm. Walk around the perimeter of your trees and check them out, from bottom to the top, looking for any sort of changes in their bark, branches, roots, or foliage.

  • Inspect every part of the tree, from a distance (for perspective) and from upfront.
  • Keep watch for any cut up or peeling bark.
  • Use binoculars to inspect the crown of the tree for any dead wood or brown leaves.

 

Leaning

Trees rarely grow completely straight, so a slight lean is completely normal. However, when your tree starts leaning to an extreme degree, this could be caused by improper weight distribution or even damaged anchor roots – both causes of extreme instability. If you notice this happening, call a tree professional. The danger signs of extreme leaning are:

  • Cracking or heaved soil, on the side opposite to the lean.
  • Exposed roots around the tree base.

 

Solutions to leaning:

  • Prune down the branches to restore an equal weight distribution.
  • Stabilize the tree trunk by attaching cables to stakes positioned on opposite sides of the tree, making sure to pad the tree a bit before wrapping cables around it’s bark.

 

Trunk Problems

Trees can have multiple trunks or split up single trunks, which are both unstable issues. Here are the danger signs:

  • Cracks that stretch down, through, or into the trunk.
  • Multiple V or U shaped trunks – these are sensitive weak spots for older trees, since they weaken the connective wood where the trunks come together, and they can split in inclement weather.

 

Solutions to Trunk Problems

Experts can stabilize split up trunks with a rigging of cables between trunks and branches up the tree. They won’t repair existing damage but will prevent more from occurring, and extend the lifespan of the tree. This is somewhat of an expensive operation that will require yearly maintenance.

Share Button

LICENSED BY:

  • Amsa logo
  • NYC DOT logo
  • USDOT Logo
  • Connecticut DOT Logo
  • RIM
  • icon

How to spot Dangerous Trees on your Property

Howtospotdangeroustreesonyourproperty

Sometimes trees on your property can fall over – but luckily most trees give off warnings that they are in danger of falling before doing so. Here’s how to spot dangerous trees that are in risk of falling down on your property.

 

Inspecting your Trees

This should be done a few times a year – when they grow leaves in the spring, after the leaves fall in Autumn, and after any big storm. Walk around the perimeter of your trees and check them out, from bottom to the top, looking for any sort of changes in their bark, branches, roots, or foliage.

 

Leaning

Trees rarely grow completely straight, so a slight lean is completely normal. However, when your tree starts leaning to an extreme degree, this could be caused by improper weight distribution or even damaged anchor roots – both causes of extreme instability. If you notice this happening, call a tree professional. The danger signs of extreme leaning are:

 

Solutions to leaning:

 

Trunk Problems

Trees can have multiple trunks or split up single trunks, which are both unstable issues. Here are the danger signs:

 

Solutions to Trunk Problems

Experts can stabilize split up trunks with a rigging of cables between trunks and branches up the tree. They won’t repair existing damage but will prevent more from occurring, and extend the lifespan of the tree. This is somewhat of an expensive operation that will require yearly maintenance.

Share Button

"Wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for your efforts and note that Miguel and his team were excellent during the move! Really professional and efficient." - Eric, NY