You know that you should cut down or trim hazardous tree in your compound. However, do you know which ones are hazardous and which ones are safe? Examining these three parts of each tree will help you with this decision:
Branches are some of the most dangerous parts of trees because they are usually high enough to fall on a roof or other objects (such as cars) when they break. You know that a branch is likely to fall if it is:
- Dead – dead branches are weaker than live ones, especially if they have started to rot. They can easily fall due to external actions such as wind forces.
- Crossing another branch – when branches cross, their points of contact rub and become weak with time.
- Lacking vigor – branches that lack vigor have inadequate, small and discolored leaves (according to what that species should have at that time of the year).
A defective or inadequate trunk (as far as holding the entire tree is concerned) is also dangerous because, if it fails, then the whole tree will fall. Some of the things to watch out for here include:
- Lopsidedness – a leaning tree is more likely to fall than a straight standing one; the lopsidedness interferes with the weight distribution of the tree. However, the danger is less if it grew in that manner since it was young.
- Wounds – a wounded trunk, especially if the wound is big, can be a source of decay. The decay may even be internal and weaken the tree considerably before it becomes visible on the bark.
Even the roots can be a source of tree failure. Moreover, it can be difficult to know when a tree has defective, sick or decaying roots. However, some of the things to watch out for include:
- Fungi growth – fungi (what many people refer to as mushrooms) growing at the base of the tree feeds on the water and nutrients of the roots. A tree with such weakened roots can easily topple over when a strong wind blows.
- Severed roots – if you have been carrying out a construction or landscaping project around your trees, then you should confirm whether the roots have been severed. It is the roots that hold the tree upright on the ground, and severing them weakens the tree.
These are general signs that can tell you whether a tree is hazardous or not. However, you should call for tree services to help you with a professional diagnosis. It is dangerous to decide and cut down a tree on your own because you may cause injury, destroy property or end up cutting down a healthy tree.
For more information, contact Gifford Brothers Inc Tree Service or a similar company.