Defects to Look for Trees That Could Pose a Risk
Tree care includes being able to recognize tree that are could pose a risk to property or person. Looks look at defects you should look for.
Defects in Urban Trees
The following are defects signs to look for in urban trees.
1. Electrical lines that run adjacent to tree.
2. Regrowth from topping, pruning, line clearance.
3. Dead or dying branches.
4. Broken branches or partially attached branches.
5. Decay or rot is present in old tree wounds.
6. Recent change in the grade or soil level, as well as other construction.
7. Branches that arise from a single point on the trunk.
Defects in Rural
The following are defects signs to look for in rural trees.
1. Previous tree failures in the area.
2. Recent construction site, clearing of forests for development, and grading/tree removal.
3. Tree leaning near a target
4. Wet areas with shallow soil.
5. Forked trunk; branches and stems equal in size.
Your Tree Checklist
Consider the following questions:
1. Are there any detached branches hung up in the tree?
2. Are there any large dead branches?
3. Has the trunk developed a strong lean?
4. Have any branches fallen from the tree?
5. Have any adjacent trees died or fallen over?
6. Are there any mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
7. Has the site had any recent construction, lawns installed, soil levels raised, or other recent changes?
8. Have trees been removed from adjacent wooded areas?
9. Have there been premature development of the leaves both in color or size?
10. Has the tree been topped or heavily pruned?
Tree care involves being able to identify defects in trees that pose a danger. Your best bet is to hire tree care professionals to identify any risks to your property or persons.