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How to Spot a Dangerous Tree on Your Property

How to Spot a Dangerous Tree on Your Property

There are a few ways to identify dangerous trees on your property.

Falling trees and branches are safety hazards to people everywhere. Tree falls are also a liability. If your tree, or one of its branches, falls on someone else’s property or hurts another person, it could easily result in a costly lawsuit. Unfortunately, most homeowners have little to no knowledge of how to examine the trees in their yard. The last thing you want to do is neglect your tree and assume everything is okay. Here are some tips for identifying dangerous trees on your property.

Hanging, Broken, or Dead Branches

A broken or hanging limb is a clear sign that your tree is in danger. However, limb damage isn’t always obvious. A professional tree inspector will check for splits and cracks to determine how the severity of the damage. Since dying limbs are not as easy to diagnose, this is a prime example of why a tree inspection is essential, even if you don’t have hanging or broken branches.

It’s not just hanging or damaged limbs that pose a risk. Branches in your tree may be dead without you realizing it, and these can eventually fall. Dead limbs can remain in a tree spreading the decay to live tissue, worsening the problem.

Damaged Root System

A tree is held up and fed by its root system. There are two main types of tree roots: anchoring and absorbing. The anchoring roots support the tree and are the most visible. On the other hand, absorbing roots are below ground, providing the tree with water and nutrients from the soil.

When a tree’s anchoring roots are rotting or in decay, this can lead to many issues. The ground and soil surrounding the tree can provide clues to the severity of the problem. If there is cracked or raised soil, it may indicate root disturbances. This is a clear sign of rot and decay if you notice fungal growth near the tree’s roots or trunk, such as mushrooms. The presence of fungus is a telltale sign that something is wrong with your tree since fungus only grows on decayed wood.

Changes in the Trunk

The trunk of a tree supports the massive weight of the tree branches. If you think something is wrong with your tree, take some time to inspect the trunk. If the trunk has cracks or cavities, the tree may risk breaking apart or splitting. Some factors to consider are the location of the cavity, where the tree is growing, and the tree’s overall health. If you notice spots where bark is falling off the trunk, this may indicate a dead section or a fungus attack.

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