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6 Signs of Potentially Hazardous Trees

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Signs You Need from Your Tree to Avoid Risks

Trees provide a wide variety of benefits to the planet, but they can also pose a safety risk. Falling branches and trees can cause property damage, injury, or even death.

The best way to protect yourself and your family is to enlist the services of an experienced arborist. An arborist can determine if any of the trees on your property pose a higher risk of failure. Eliminate Dangerous Trees Immediately - The stakes are simply too high to procrastinate.

While it takes the trained and educated eye of an arborist to spot some potentially dangerous signs, others are obvious. Watch your trees for any of the following signs.

Large Cracks

Cracks in the wood of a tree, vertical or horizontal, pose a serious safety risk. But the cracks may not present any kind of systemic problem. Cracks usually occur when unnatural stress is applied to the tree, such as hanging a swing from a large branch.

Therefore, it is not always necessary to remove trees with cracks, unless the crack occurs in the trunk or in one of the primary branches of the tree.

Large Cavities

Cavities usually begin with relatively minor phenomena, such as a dropped limb. The cavity increases when destructive fungi digest the wood. This can compromise the integrity of the tree and predispose it to failure.

Cracks with inward "rolling" edges are almost always associated with significant deterioration and must be removed or structurally pruned.

Mushrooms Growing from the Trunk, Primary Branches, or Roots

If the fungi are emerging from a tree, the hyphae of the fungus are likely to penetrate the wood and cause rot. This type of rot takes some time to damage the tree's wood. But the presence of fungi often indicates accelerated decomposition.

Contact a certified arborist to examine the tree and assess the risk.

Co-dominant Stems

Arborists use the term codominant trunk to refer to trees with "twin" trunks. Unlike proper branches, codominant stems do not have strong attachment points. When exposed to strong winds, they can split at the point of attachment.

A crack like this will likely kill the tree and send thousands of pounds of wood to the ground. Removal is occasionally necessary for trees with codominant trunks, but the use of support accessories can often make these trees safe.

Girdling Roots

Surrounding roots surround the base of the tree. They block the transport of sugars by something called phloem, which is just under the bark of the tree. Surrounding roots are often caused by improper planting.

If harvested on time, the roots can be pruned, giving the tree a chance to recover. In some cases, these trees can be saved with aggressive root pruning, but others are often severely damaged.

History of Limb Drop

Trees that have fallen from their branches in the past are more likely to fall from their branches in the future. This is obviously true for trees that are dealing with pests or disease, but it is also true for trees that otherwise appear healthy. As a result, it is recommended that an arborist inspect any trees that have fallen branches.

Be sure to check your trees regularly so you can spot these problems as early as possible. Contact an ISA certified arborist if you notice any of the above marks on your trees.

Keep the area clean until the arborist inspects the tree. By acting quickly, you have a better chance of saving all the trees than can be insured. Plus, you make sure your family is out of harm's way.

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About How to Spot the Warning Signs

Source: Leaf & Limb

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