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ARBORIST LONG POINT – HOW TO DETERMINE TREE HAZARD

We all love trees as they provide us covering, soil stability, cooler climate, and of course aesthetic value to your property. However, there are situations when trees present hazard especially when a broken part poses a danger, upon its structural failure, to cause human injury or property damage.​

While a professional arborist Long Point can save a damaged tree, it is not always the case. There are times that the tree condition warrants tree removal. How do you determine if the tree is a hazard potential? Think about the following:

Damaged Trunk

Advance stages of decay in the trunk make the wood unstable and often break. Signs of internal decay include cracks, seams, butt swell, dead branch stubs and large, older wounds. These easily weaken the wood which raises the potential hazard. However, a hollow tree is not always a hazard tree. 

Observe the Crown

You can tell a tree’s general health condition from the crown vigour and form. The crown condition may show signs of a potential hazard tree. These signs include dieback, V-shaped forks and lopsidedness. The problem with V-shaped forks is their weak structure compared to wider angled forks and branches.

The effect of stress on trees may show in branches in the upper crown that often die from the top down. Other factors that may cause stress to a tree include repeated insect defoliation, long periods of drought and root disease. Trees can regain health from dieback when the causes of stress stop. However, trees with advanced crown decline may cause their demise and should be removed.

Also, leaning, lopsided trees may above a target are dangerous. Ordinarily, trees that lean more than 15 degrees from vertical should be removed. 

Root Stability

The integrity of the root system cannot be overemphasized. If the roots are degraded in any way, it makes the tree vulnerable. Severe root damage raises the possibility of failure. Noticeable signs of poor root health include thin crowns, restrained growth, off-colour leaves, stunted growth, wood discolouration at the root collar and fungi growth at or near the base of the trees.

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