If you have any trees growing on or near your Maryland property, it is important to keep an eye out for possible hazards. While trees provide us with multiple benefits (not to mention how beautiful they can be), they are also dangerous in the wrong scenario. When a tree and any of its branches fall off, they can damage or harm those below. However, these types of risks can be minimized by caring for them properly and noticing any defects promptly. That is why Harford Tree would like to provide you with the following signs of a hazardous tree so you can take care of it. Read on to learn more!
Splits and Cracks
While it is normal for trees to develop cracks inside their bark as they begin to grow, deeper cracks that extend inside the trunk can be a sign of a hazardous tree. Another thing to keep your eyes peeled for is a crack or split that runs down the trunk of your tree into the ground. This can indicate structural damage and should be inspected by a certified arborist to see if it should be removed to prevent a hazardous situation.
While it can be tough to determine whether parts of a tree are genuinely dead, brittle branches with hardly any to no foliage while the rest of the tree is covered is a reliable indication. Dead branches should be removed immediately by a certified arborist to prevent any potential property damage or harm. If they’re left unattended, they can break off and fall unexpectedly, making them even more hazardous.
Peeling or Missing Bark
Shedding some old bark and replacing it with new bark is a part of a tree’s natural growth process. However, if exposed wood is not being covered with fresh bark, this could be a good sign of disease. Disease that causes peeling or missing bark can greatly weaken a tree, turning it into a hazardous tree.
Fungi likes to feed on decaying and dead organisms. While a tree can rot from the inside out, making it difficult to notice, it is essential to look for fungi growing on the base or the tree’s bark. If you spot a lot of mushrooms or fungi, a tree is likely diseased or dead, making it a possible hazard that has to be addressed by a certified arborist.
Tree Care and Maintenance from Harford Tree
Ready to have the beautiful yard you have always dreamed of? Harford Tree Experts & Landscaping, Inc has been in the business for decades, providing customers with quality work and quick responses all at the right price. We service the areas of Harford County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City areas including Bel Air, Fallston, Perry Hall, Towson, Essex, Parkville, White Marsh, and Middle River. For service during business hours, reach out to us or give us a call at 410-592-7321. We offer 24/7 emergency service as well, just give us a call at 443-250-6649. For updates about our business and more informative tips, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.