Read ahead to find out what signs to look for when examining how dangerous your tree is if you’d rather be safe than sorry.

How Close Are They To Buildings?

Sometimes perfectly healthy trees are removed because they are located too close to buildings. Their deep roots can cause structural damage to your buildings or underground wires.

Risky Limbs 

Broken, hanging, or dead limbs are one of the most common dangers of a tree. The dead limb will have either brown or no leaves. A dead branch will have shed most of its bark and must be removed to avoid any damage to the person underneath. You may need binoculars to inspect your tree for broken limbs as it is difficult to inspect dead branches that haven’t fallen yet. Dead branches can spread decay to healthy living tissues which will weaken the tree. Mushroom growth on trees is a sign of internal decay.

Carpenter Ants – A Sign Of Dead Wood

If you notice fine sawdust on your tree, it’s time to call a professional. This is an indication that carpenter ants have created a colony in your tree. These ants only nest on dead wood and dead wood is susceptible to breakage.

If Lightning Strikes

If your tree has been struck by lightning and after a few weeks leaves turned brown, it means the tree is dead and should be removed. 

Trunks Splitting Out In ‘V’ Shape

If pruning is not done in the right manner, the point where trunks split can be weakened. The V shape represents a weak connection between the two trunks and there is a chance that the tree may entirely split apart. Look for deep cracks and sharp splits when examining whether a tree is dangerous. 

Check For Signs of Root Damage 

Root damage creates unbalance as they hold the tree in place. If leaves are yellowing or browning or look smaller than usual, the soil is crackling around roots or the tree is not taking in enough moisture and is wilting, you can conclude the tree has root damage. Decaying roots can cause a tree to fall over. There may be other ways your trees are reacting to root damage and only a professional can detect this.

Heavy Canopies 

The shape of the trees can have an impact on its health as the weight will be unevenly distributed. If trees develop a wide crown with overburdening branches they can be extremely dangerous as a storm can either make such trees fall or cause its mechanical stability to withstand the forces of the wind to deteriorate.    

Always inspect your trees regularly especially after storms and blizzards or hire professionals to assess your property for dangerous trees. Call the professionals at Furlonger Tree Services to get a free quote. Let our tree surgeons help you improve the tree condition or perhaps even remove it.