If there is an unsafe tree in your yard, high winds from storms could break off branches or even propel the entire tree onto your roof. This can result in thousands in damage and pose a serious risk to your family. Though it may be and usually is covered by insurance, it’s always best to avoid in the first place.
Luckily, often there are warning signs of a hazardous tree:
You’ve noticed dead and/or falling branches. When trees start dropping bits of branches or entire branches, it’s a clue that something’s wrong. Decaying branches are a major danger — they can come crashing down when you least expect it.
There is a new lean in the trunk. If it is leaning more than 15-20 degrees due to wind or root damage often needs to be removed. You notice a hole in the trunk. A cavity can form in the trunk of a tree when the drops a branch. This can often lead to decay inside the trunk.
Areas of bark are missing. Spots where tree bark is missing, gashed or indented is called a “canker.” These spots make a tree more likely to break at that area, even if the wood looks fine. Deep cracks in bark are also a bad sign.
The consequences of construction destruction. Processes such as putting in a driveway or addition and digging nearby can put nearby trees under stress by damaging the root system and nutrient sources. This can starve and destabilize the tree, making it more susceptible to decay.
The leaves are falling from the outside in. This will often mean that something is wrong with the root structure. The root system is what holds the tree up. If there is not a healthy root zone, its much more likely for a tree to fall.
The roots are rotting. Underground rotting is difficult to identify. If you find mushrooms growth around the base or trunk it can be and indicator the tree has internal rotting. There are multiple trunks. If a tree has several trunks, or splits in one trunk it can often be unstable Tight growth of branches. It’s a bad sign when you notice that the branches are growing in a V-shape or close together. Strong trees grow in a U-shape. Trees will tend to break at weak forks.