How Do You Know If My Tree is At Risk of Falling and May Need to Be Removed?
If your tree seems like a fall risk, there are many factors to consider. By taking note of the whole tree, the ground, the trunk, and the crown of the tree you may be able to decipher if your tree is dangerous or a natural occurrence that’s not a threat to anyone’s safety.
As you’re inspecting your tree, watch for these signs that indicate a potential risk:
Your Tree is Leaning
If the leaning is sudden, it indicates potential breakage of the root system, which likely means the tree is a danger. In other situations, whether your tree is leaning due to growing incorrectly or being disease-riddled is a diagnosis that our professionals can accurately make.
Your Tree's Roots Are Visibly Damaged or Decaying
Trees can survive damage to their roots to an extent. Some procedures can be taken to get the tree nutrients it needs, through soaking or aerating the soil, mulching, or cabling the tree. However, in some cases, the damage may have gone too far. Our arborists will discuss everything with you, and we’ll help you make the most informed decisions for your tree service.
Your Tree Has Extensive Cracks, Crevices, and Cavities in the Trunk
Trees can accidentally incur damage by people or nature – some common occurrences come from construction equipment, lawnmowers, storms, or fires. When cracks or cavities penetrate the bark, this damages a crucial layer of the tree. This layer allows for water and nutrients to disperse. If more than 25% of the bark has damage, it will likely need professional removal.
Your Tree Has Dead or Hanging Branches in the Upper Crown
While this could be a situation requiring careful trimming measures to remove branches that shouldn’t be there, it may also indicate a risk that the tree is unhealthy. Our arborists will inspect the tree to determine if it’s beyond saving or if there are crown density reductions that will keep the tree healthy without posing a threat.
Other Possible Dangers to Be Aware of
While the above instances are typical reasons for tree removal service, there are other situations you should be on the lookout for:
Your Tree is Located Near Power Lines
As you may already be concerned about, if your tree is near power lines, there is the potential for branches or the entire tree to fall on the lines, creating a dangerous hazard.
Your Tree is Located Within Falling Distance of Your House
Naturally, the last thing you need to worry about is a tree falling on your house, or a branch crashing through a window during a storm.
Your Tree is Obstructing the Road and the View of Drivers
Sometimes when trees don't receive maintenance, they can block signs, people or animals beginning to cross, or other vehicles coming near. Our professionals can take care of this hazard.