Trees are a protected and appreciated aspect of real estate. No homeowner wants to remove a tree. However, it is beneficial to remove or treat a tree before a bigger problem arises.
It is important to know the warning signs of an ill tree. If a tree is sick…a heavy wind or storm can knock it down. This could potentially put your home or other belongings at risk. As hurricane season approaches, take note of these warning signs to make sure your trees are healthy.
– Check the ground soil around the tree. Cracked or raised soil opposite a tree’s lean can indicate root problems that could mean a tree is in the process of uprooting. Look carefully for signs of a tree beginning to fall over.
– Fungal growth like mushrooms on or near a tree trunk is indicative of rot or decay.
– Look for places on the tree’s trunk where there is no bark. This can indicate a dead section or a fungus attack. A long streak of missing bark coming down the tree usually means the tree was hit by lightning.
-Insects often attack a sick tree’s trunk, leaving very fine sawdust shavings that are clearly visible because they are light in color.
-Sometimes a tree grows two or more trunks. The points where the multiple trunks connect must be inspected for weakness or past storm damage. Stronger connections appear as a U shape at the crotch. A tight V shape usually evidences a weak connection.
– One of the most obvious tree dangers is dead wood that can fall. You can spot dead wood easily: dead branches have leaves that are completely brown or there won’t be any leaves at all.
-If you are having work done on live trees, do not permit climbers to use leg spikes. Leg spikes injure and can sometimes kill a tree.
Don’t wait for a tree to let you know it is sick or dangerous! Be proactive. Look over your trees. If you see something suspicious, call a certified arborist or tree doctor/specialist.