Are Your Trees at Risk of Falling?

Weak trees can be a danger to both lives and property. Falling trees and limbs are one of the most common causes of damage or injury during a storm. Major storms like hurricanes can cause many trees to fall, especially those that are weakened from disease or other issues. Knowing what to look for can help you determine whether a sick or weak tree should be removed before they become a hazard during a storm.

Signs of Tree Deterioration

When a tree is weak or sick, there are signs to let you know it is in trouble. Leaning trunks or mushrooms growing at the roots can be a sign of weakness or disease. If there are rotted areas on the trunk or branches, or hollowing occurring, this is a serious sign of a weakened tree. Other things to look for are dead branches or leaves/needles that look unhealthy.

If a tree has any signs of poor health or weakness, calling in an arborist can help you determine the level of damage to the tree. In some cases, the tree could regain health with insect or disease treatment. Other times, it may be too late to save the tree or it may need dead limbs removed. It is better to proactively fall a tree or have dead branches pruned away than leave it to fall during the next bug storm.

Trees can become a deadly hazard when they are riddled with disease or weakened from rot. Don’t wait for your tree to fall on its own. Talk to your local arborist or tree service if you see any signs of tree deterioration to prevent damage or injury from a falling tree.

Posted on behalf of:
Absolute Arbor Care
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 340-1539

Tree Defect Assessment

The failure of either major branches of a tree or the tree itself can be a life-threatening event, which can also cause extensive property damage.  In many cases these failures are a result of underlying defects including disease, the natural structure of the tree and the lack of maintenance of the tree.  Trees with defects, which are not properly addressed, represent a large liability problem for any commercial or residential property owner.  Often there are tell tale signs of potential tree defects that could result in the failure of major branches on the tree or the entre tree failing. These signs or symptoms include poor tree form, dead wood, weak branch unions, cracks, decay, root problems and cankers. 

All of these symptoms have one thing in common and that is the tree or main tree branches are structurally compromised by either disease, untreated weather damage, lack of tree care or by the way the tree in naturally formed.  In general a tree that is structurally compromised does not need to be cut down to keep people and property safe. 

In many cases the defects can be managed with proper tree care including improvement of the form of the tree, regular removal of deadwood, strengthening weak branch unions, removal of the parts of the tree impacted by cracks, decay and cankers.  In many cases it is even possible to save trees with root problems as well.  The key to the tree’s health is to stay in front of both tree disease and tree defects, which could cause the tree to fail.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Tree Service

Is Your Home At Risk For Tree Damage?

Trees are beautiful, living organisms that can be a wonderful addition to any yard. However, because they are living organisms, they do get sick and eventually will die. Part of the responsibility of owning a home is caring for the trees on your property. When a tree gets older or diseased, it becomes weak, making it a high risk to falling. Unfortunately, if it falls on your home or property, the damage may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance company if it is determined the tree should have been removed as part of the property’s maintenance. 

Insurance May Not Cover Weak Trees 

One of the major disclaimers in most homeowner’s insurance policies is that the homeowner is responsible for general maintenance of the property. This includes the trees, which can become weak due to disease or age. While most insurance companies will cover storm damage, even falling trees, the insurance company will most likely have the tree inspected to ensure that the storm caused it to fall, not disease or weakness from age. 

What this means is a serious financial risk for homeowner’s that have dead, ill or weak trees on their property. Many people assume that if the tree was to fall that any damage it caused would be covered under their insurance. This is not necessarily the case, which could cost a homeowner much more than the cost of preventive maintenance of removing a dangerous tree

If you have a tree that is diseased, old, weak or leaning, call your local tree removal service to have it examined. They can offer advice on whether the tree can be saved or if it needs to be removed to protect your home and property.

Posted on behalf of BAM Tree Experts