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Spotting a Dangerous Tree

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Dangerous trees can certainly cause potential safety hazards. Weak or dying trees could cause thousands of dollars in property damage if a tree falls on your home or garage. Below are tips from the arborists at Horhut Tree Experts on how to spot a dangerous that made need removed from your property. Contact a plant specialist to offer recommendations after inspecting your tree.

Spotting a Dangerous Tree

Living under a healthy, big tree can present dangers. Environmental causes like ice storms, natural variables, and heavy rainfalls could cause the tree to crack and fall.

There are a number of things you can do to ensure your trees are healthy. Dangerous trees present signs humans can see. Once you know what to look for, you will be better positioned when it comes to contacting an arborist about treatment for potential tree removal. Pittsburgh’s Horhut Tree Experts recommend the inspect your trees after each season and after any storm. Below are 4 zones of trees that are recommended to inspect.

#1. The Overall Tree

Start your inspection from somewhere you can see the entire tree at once. Take note of any leaning, big dead branches or leaves that have dropped prematurely. If you happen to notice these things, it may be time to contact a tree service. They can inspect your tree for any safety hazard and recommend a solution.

#2. Ground Inspection

Once you inspect the entire tree, it’s time to check the ground. Trees are held up by their root systems. There are two types of roots to be aware of:

Anchoring or structural roots are used to support the tree.
Absorbing roots are underground and provide trees with nutrients and water from the soil.

If absorbing roots decay, there are many potential issues. Even if your tree looks healthy, it could still fall. The ground and soil surrounding the base can offer clues. If you contact an arborist, they will pull back any ivy or ground covering to see where the soil meets the trunk. Additionally, cracked or raised soil indicates disturbances to the roots. The fungus also means root decay as fungus only grows on decayed wood.

#3. Trunk Inspection

The tree’s trunk supports the weight of tree branches. If you think something is wrong, inspect the trunk for cracks and cavities. The entire tree may be at risk of splitting or breaking apart. You’ll want to see where the cavity is located.
Also, take notice of spots where the bark is falling off. This could be an indicator of a dead section or a fungus attack.

#4. Canopy Inspection

Deadwood is a common sign something is wrong with your tree. If trees aren’t getting enough sunlight, they begin to shed their branches. For example, pine needles will turn brown, and the bark will fall of branches. If you spot dead wood or branches without leaves, it may be time to reach out to an arborist.

The arborists of Horhut Tree Experts know what is best for your Pittsburgh tree removal. The woody plant specialists provide top-notch tree service to help your trees thrive. Contact Horhut Tree Experts today by calling (412) 855-2703 or visiting their website to request a quote. You will want to experience the Horhut difference!

Jaime Horhut