Identifying A Potentially Dangerous Tree In Your Yard

….And how to assess the situation

How a tree can damage your house

Trees are gentle giants. They are just plants, after all. So, how can a tree be harmful to you? Well, not intentionally anyway. Trees don’t want to hurt you. However, in some particular cases, they might end up doing just that – however unintentional it may be. For example, trees can sometimes fall. A tree you planted in your backyard could fall on your house and damage it. It can even injure you or worse – kill you. And, there can be a number of different reasons why a tree falls. A tree itself can get damaged. Damaged trees are likely to fall sooner or later. A tree can get damaged because of a natural phenomenon like a storm or it can get damaged because of negligence on your part in taking care of it.

What you can do to prevent any such accidents

The best thing that you can do to prevent any tree falling accidents is to take care of your trees and identify potentially dangerous trees before they fall on you or your house. Here are a few tips you can use to make sure the trees in your yard are safe:

Tip 1: Inspect the tree visually

The easiest thing to do would be to just take a good, careful look at the tree and assess it. You can ask yourself some pretty simple questions to help you with your assessment of the tree; questions like – Is the tree leaning towards your house (or any direction for that matter)? Are there a lot of dead branches hanging from the tree? Are the leaves falling a lot more than usual?

Tip 2: Check the ground around the tree

You will also want to check the ground on which you have planted your tree. Inspect the roots of the tree. Make sure they are in good health. Take note of any decaying roots that you might find. Keep an eye out for any fungus that might be growing around the base of your tree.

Tip 3: Inspect the tree trunk

Check for any cracks, cavities and dead parts in the tree trunk. Also, look out for signs of fungal infestation on the tree bark.

Tip 4: Inspect the tree canopy

Check for any dead branches in the tree canopy. And, again – lookout for dead parts, hanging branches and shedding leaves.

If you find a problem with any of these things, you should call a professional landscaping company, as they provide the best tree service for your (safety and) needs.