How to Recognise a Hazardous Tree in Your Garden
Each year, terrible fatalities, injuries, and property damage totaling tens of millions of dollars are brought on by falling trees or branches. Some homeowners believe that cutting down their trees is the best way to protect themselves when they are in danger. However, this is unnecessary if the tree is healthy and there are no urgent dangers from it. A single, large tree can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home, save you hundreds of dollars on air conditioning costs, and provide relief from otherwise oppressively hot summer days.There are a tonne of additional advantages as well, like how beautiful these animals of the greenery make our world feel simply by being present around us every day.
It can be challenging to identify a tree that is struggling. While some trees may appear to be healthy on the outside but may still require the assistance of an arborist, other trees are simply more resilient than others and exhibit natural occurrences that may or may not suggest possible concerns. It can be much simpler to spot underlying issues that may need treatment when you know what to look for in your tree’s health, such as thinning branches with dead leaves at their tips.
Taking a broad view of the tree
When you simply concentrate on one tiny aspect of the whole, it’s easy to miss the bigger picture. Take your time and carefully examine your entire tree before deciding what needs to be trimmed, or perhaps an old branch has to be cut off.
Is there a noticeable tilt to the tree in one direction?
Is the problematic tree leaning toward any structures or buildings? Has the lean been present for a while, or has it just become worse? Does the tree lean eastward? This is important because trees that lean eastward are more susceptible to toppling because most severe winds originate in the west.
branches of trees
Can you find any dead limbs or branches on the suspect tree when you investigate it? Are there many branches from dead trees? Are the dead branches located on the tree’s lower branches or just on one side?
Are there any areas of the tree without any leaves at all? Do you have a tree with few leaves? Are the leaves falling significantly earlier than usual in comparison to nearby trees of the same species? Does the appearance of the leaves change in any way if there is leaf cover on the ground? Additionally, glance at the branch tips. Do they appear to be dying?
Answering “yes” to any of the aforementioned questions indicates that your tree may be in difficulty and may be declining, ill, at risk of falling over, or even dead. My recommendation is to get the suspect tree assessed soon by a qualified tree arborist because it may provide a health and safety risk and might be devastating if it were to fall in the future.
Keep yourself safe and constantly inspect your trees!