Trees are highly beneficial for a long list of reasons. With the many advantages they offer, they are common in both commercial and residential landscaping properties. Keeping these trees healthy is often simple, especially once they have matured. However, there are times when a tree loses its integrity and can become a hazard. Taking the time to learn about the tree species in your landscape can help you spot potential problems, as well as considering their current age, size, and overall condition. In some instances, some simple pruning and trimming can save a tree, but when the issues have become severe, they often need to be removed for the safety of you, others and property. Today, we at Milam’s Tree Service would like to elaborate briefly on the signs a trees is a hazard.
Split Bark & Deep Cracks on Tree
A crack found on a tree is a deep split in the bark. A dying tree will frequently manifest a crack. Before the tree causes catastrophe, it is recommended that a tree with a crack get removed. A minor crack, however, isn’t usually a problem, and if the early detection was made, the tree can often be saved. When it is too late is when a crack extends through the stem. Additionally, the tree might be deemed hazardous if it bears multiple cracks, or if a crack is connected with another defect. Also, when the tree’s branches consistently crack or break off the tree, the health concern might be serious, and will require removal of a tree.
Tree Root Problems
Roots are the foundation of a tree, and if they are compromised, the tree can become an extreme hazard. The roots anchor a tree down, and if they are not strong enough, wind can cause the tree to fall over, potentially landing on someone, a pet or property. Roots exposed the ground, especially if they look dead, severed, or unhealthy, indicate a hazardous tree.
Weak Tree Branch Unions
When two branches are trying to grow too close together, it will leave one or even both branches without the proper nutrients, causing poor growth. The union branches would need pruning before a larger problem manifests if you catch the growth soon enough.
When the bark has indented in or is completely void it is known as a canker. Usually, a canker develops from injuries or illnesses. Because of the cause, excessive cankers are an indication the tree is a safety concern.
You need prompt removal when the tree’s wood looks dead on the trunk, branches or the stems. Dead wood is dry and unbendable, and it looks and feels brittle.
Generally, the decay in trees begin internally and spreads outwardly. Seeing the decay suggests the tree has been suffering for some time. Holes in the tree or if the wood is soft or crumbly are signs of decay. Additional, fungal activity, such as mushrooms, are also there.
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If you suspect ailing or hazardous trees, call Milam’s Tree Service and we can determine if the tree simply needs pruning or trimming, or if the entire tree needs to be removed.