Decaying trees on your property pose a danger to you, your home, and even your neighbors. If you have trees around your home, learning to recognize the potential signs of tree failure is your responsibility to your community.
When evaluating trees on your property for any signs of potential failure, it is important to understand the way a tree can fail, why it will fail, and the warning signs you should keep an eye out for. Read on to learn more about risk assessment and the visual signs to look out for when assessing the trees on your property for potential failures.
Tree failure is a structural deterioration or breakage of any part of a tree, including the roots, trunk, or canopy branches. A tree can experience catastrophic or complete failure or partial limb failure. In the event a tree limb fails, the remaining standing portion of the tree is not necessarily dead, but should be inspected by a certified arborist.
Sometimes the signs of tree failure are obvious. Easy symptoms to spot include large cracks or fissures in limbs, areas of bark disappearing, or reduced leaf production. Signs of internal rot, wood-boring pest infestation or fungal infection are all severe symptoms of potential tree failure but can be harder to diagnose.
You want to start inspecting your trees for possible failure at the ground. Signs of possible failure at the ground level indicate that the entirety of the tree is at risk of failure. If you see signs of distress in a tree’s canopy such as loss of leaves, dead or brittle branches, it could actually be caused by something within the structure or roots.
If you are noticing any signs of distress in your trees, consult an experienced arborist at Vintage Tree Care for an assessment to avoid the possibility of catastrophic failure.
If the ground, roots, and surrounding soil show no obvious signs of distress, you will want to examine the structure of your tree. Signs further up on the limbs of your trees could lead to partial failure, and cause major harm and damage if not addressed.
Contact a certified arborist to inspect any leaning trees on your property that may pose a danger to you or the surrounding area.
Ignoring any warning signs in the canopy could result in damage or harm caused by falling branches. If left untreated, canopy issues could lead to larger issues with the limbs or even complete tree failure.