Trees carry plenty of benefits and glamour to the scenery, it can be difficult to part with them. Though trees may seem in good health to the untrained eye, it could be a disaster waiting to happen.
More often than not, a tree doesn’t look that much of a danger until after an event causing great distress and or natural catastrophe like storm and heavy snow exposes its vulnerabilities. Unsafe, deceased or else withering trees may lead to thousands of dollars in damage, not to mention the serious insurmountable cost of personal damage or injury. When no other safe management option like pruning or disease mitigation is sufficient, tree removal usually is the last resort.
Incidents involving trees which results to injury, harm and damages due to trees that should have been removed was left standing, are sole responsibility of the tree owner. Good thing to note is you can often tell if a tree is striving by studying and examining its branches, trunk, roots and setting.
To indicate when to seek professional advice regarding your tree, here are some red flags you can refer to.
- There are signs of infection which include, Crown dieback, cracks, mishappen or discolored leaves, soft crumbly wood.
- There are large dead branches in the tree’s crown. These has some safety hazard since they can fall for seemingly no reason and may cause injury to something and someone below. These should probably be removed for safety reason.
- Heaving soil and fungi growing near the base of the tree are both signs of root issues which is evidence of root defects.
- A rotted tree with a hollow trunk or inside.
- Trees under power lines.
- Tree is too close to a house or other structure. In general, large trees should be at least 20 feet away from a house or building
While some tree without warning and unpredictably fails, it can be prevented by proactive measures. If you notice any of the above signs, contact a professional arborist, as most tree removal activity are unsafe for the average general property owner.