Recognizing Hazardous Trees Before They Become an Issue
Things to Watch For
Trees are an invaluable part of the Texas landscape, offering unparalleled beauty to the countryside and our homes.
While trees offer a tremendous amount of beauty and benefit to our lives, if not maintained properly, trees can become a danger.
The trees in your yard should be checked annually, and after storms for defects that could render them a danger. Failure to have your trees inspected could lead to unnecessary damage caused by falling trees –especially when winter arrives. In between your trees checkups, however, it’s still a good idea to keep on the lookout for trees that may be damaged.
Here are some things you should be on the lookout for to help prevent your trees from becoming hazards…
- Dangerous Branches Keeping an eye on tree branches is an important part of keeping trees healthy and strong. Branches that are damaged are at risk for breaking off in a storm, which is why it’s especially important to keep an eye on branches that are near the home. If you notice a branch that appear lose, or broken, it’s important to make preparations to have it removed as soon as possible.
- Missing Bark A tree trunk with missing bark is a good indicator that there may be potential dangers in the near future. If you notice that your tree is missing bark, it’s a good idea to call an arborist to inspect it.
- Cracked Trunks Keep an eye out for cracks or splits in the trunk. Cracks often indicate the tree is failing, and it may need to be removed.
- Leaning Trees A leaning tree is often the sign of a tree with root failure. A leaning tree can be extremely dangerous. Trees with root failure are not structurally sound, and their anchoring is not stable. Leaning trees should be removed -before they fall.
- Dead Wood A dead tree is a dangerous tree and should not be left. Dead wood should be removed as quickly as possible to give the tree the best chance of survival. Dead wood in Texas’ trees often indicates insect damage or disease and should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent the damage from spreading.
- Soggy Ground Finally, keeping an eye out for areas on your property that have poor drainage can help to keep your trees healthy and strong. During Texas’ wet, rainy fall and winter, the ground soaks up the rain. Waterlogged ground can present a potential danger, especially in the event of a windstorm, causing trees to become unstable and topple easier.
If you suspect that you have a potential tree hazard, contact Ability Tree Experts, Houston tree arborists, today. Ability Tree Experts is Houston’s leading tree care providers, specializing in treating diseased and damaged trees.