A neglected, damaged or sick tree can become a serious risk to your family, your property and even your life.
It’s important to understand when a tree is a danger and what to do about it.
We understand that it can be hard to part with a tree that you have had in your yard for many years, but it’s still important to protect yourself. Inspect your tree after every season change but also after heavy wind storms and rains. If you notice something suspicious, you should call Reliable Tree Service at (814) 693-TREE for a free diagnosis and quote, especially if the tree is located over your house or in a place it could fall and cause damage or injury.
We understand that especially with weather damage that tree services are needed fast. We can help.
How to Inspect a Tree
The first step to a thorough tree inspection is an overall view of the tree. See if the tree is leaning more than it had before. Keep in mind that trees usually don’t grow straight, but if it is leaning too much, it’s a sign that your tree is potentially dangerous. It doesn’t necessarily mean your tree is going to fall, but it is one of the indications that your tree isn’t as strong as it used to be.
After inspecting the tree as a whole, check the ground. The root structure includes anchoring roots that support the tree and absorbing roots that are not seen and provide the tree with nutrients. If the anchoring roots decay, your tree can fall at any time. If the soil is cracked or raised and if there are mushrooms on or near the threes roots or trunk, that may also indicate that the tree is decaying.
Let’s move up to the trunk- the tree’s biggest support. Any cracks or cavities in the trunk may cause the trunk to break or split. Also, if there is no bark or if the bark is falling off, this could indicate a fungus attack or even a dead section.
Sometimes trees grow two or more trunks. You need to inspect the points where the multiple trunks connect because they can crack and split there especially after storms. Stronger connections shape as a “U” at the junctions while a tight “V” junction may indicate that the connection is weak.
Finally, deadwood is the most obvious sign that your tree may be dangerous. Check the upper sides of branches for rot or decay because sometimes you can’t see everything from the ground.
Final Dangerous Tree Inspection Tips
Inspect your trees regularly. Walk around them after each season change and big storms to look at them closely. Pay attention to branches, bark and roots. Inspect them from the top to bottom so you can notice all the changes.
If you suspect that you have a dangerous tree that needs removed, call My Reliable Tree Service at (814) 693-TREE or contact using our web form to get an estimate today.