Neglecting a tree that can damage homes and vehicles and cause deadly injury to nearby people is a potential hazard. Homeowner’s insurance and other policies can save you from paying large amounts of money out of pocket to fix the damages caused by a fallen tree. However, you might not always be lucky enough to have the right coverage. This is why it is crucial to know the signs of a dangerous tree to get it taken care of before it falls.
You don’t have to be a professional Arborist to understand what a dangerous tree looks like. Join us today as we take a closer look at the different signs of a dangerous tree which will help you be able to spot a potential disaster before it happens.
Sign #1: Damaged or Dead Limbs and Branches
A fallen tree limb can cause just as much damage as a fallen tree. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to spot a dead limb before it’s too late. Most of the time, decay begins on the inside of the limb, making it hard to differentiate a dead limb from a perfectly healthy one, especially those that are harder to see.
Sign #2: Leaning Tree
An obvious sign of a dangerous tree is one that is leaning. It’s important to note that not all leaning trees are a cause for concern. There are two different reasons that a tree may lean. One of them being the tree is depending naturally to get more sunlight. Trees blocked by larger trees and or other structures might lean to allow the sunlight to reach their leaves. Even after the obstruction is removed, the tree may still lean.
Another reason is that high winds have slightly uprooted the tree’s root system, causing it to lean due to lack of root support. This could be concerning, and we need you to remove the tree before it causes any property damage. Before a professional arborist determines if a leaning tree needs to be removed or not, there are a few things they must consider, which include:
- location on the property
- distance from your property such as house or cars
- distance from people
Sign #3: Root Damage
The root system of a tree is vital for its survival throughout the years. Damaged roots mean a damaged tree and can create many problems for the health of the tree. By the time you can see the tree changes regarding root damage, it may be too late to treat the issue. A few signs to look out for include:
- little to no growth during growing seasons
- dead limbs
- discolored and loss of foliage
Sign #4: Odd Structure
Not all trees naturally grow the way they should. Due to nature and other environmental factors, a tree’s growth can be detrimental to its health, especially the structure. Trees with an overburden canopy because of large lower branches and limbs hurt a tree’s overall structure. High winds can easily break a tree that cannot support its weight.
Sign #5: Trees That are Close to Your Home
If you live in a heavily wooded area, you are bound to have a few trees close to your home or other property. Fortunately, not all trees are a danger to you, even if they are close to your home. By having a professional evaluate the trees surrounding your home or property, you’ll be able to determine which ones pose a threat and which don’t. There is no point in removing a healthy tree if it is not a danger to you.
Dangerous Tree: Conclusion
If you are concerned with any potentially dangerous trees on your property, do not hesitate to contact a professional. Here at SB Tree Service, our experienced arborist will help you determine if your tree poses a threat to your property or not. If we decide that the tree is a risk, we offer tree removal services, stump removal, and stump grinding to rid you of any future problems. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.