Watch Out for Falling Trees

shattered treeIf a tree falls and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Regardless of the audible fallout, fallen trees leave a mess to clear away. If you’re lucky, the trunk and branches will fall away from your house, car, and neighbor’s yard. But often when trees fall, they leave thousands of dollars of damage—and potential injuries—in their wake. Instead of dealing with leaf, branch, and trunk debris, learn to spot a dangerous tree before it falls. You’ll save yourself, your family, and your neighbors from hassle and harm. Here’s how to spot a hazardous tree:

Stay Aware of Placement

A tree’s position in your yard often reveals the potential for danger. If your trees are tangling with power lines, strong winds might cause dangerous outages and damage to your tree. Likewise, if you live at the top of a hill, older trees might be a risk for lighting strikes.

Study the Soil

Cracked or raised dirt around the base of your tree often indicate unstable roots. Fungus growing near the base can mean tree decay, another indicator of imminently falling trees.

Inspect the Trunk

Trees with multiple trunks are less stable than single-trunk trees. Cracks and cavities in the body of your tree are a warning sign of dangerous trees. Contact your Alabama nursery with tips for ascertaining the risk of your tree trunk.

Learn to Catch Dying Branches

Dead and detaching branches are the most obvious and frequent cause of damage to your home and property. Branches that are completely brown or lacking in leaves or tree limbs stripped of bark are dead or dying. Harsh storms can crack or weaken branches, giving them a precarious grip on the trunk that may unexpectedly break.

To protect yourself from at risk trees, inspect and prune your plants regularly. If you discover a dangerous tree, call your local arborist or tree removal service to nip the problem in the bud.