Trees are a beautiful feature of any property, but when a tree’s health begins to fail, they can become hazardous: falling branches, leaning trunks, and collapsing trees are dangerous to people and can lead to structural damage. Luckily, you can reduce these risks by keeping an eye out for hazardous trees before they become truly dangerous. When you notice a problematic tree, there are trained arborists at tree service Harrisburg PA that can safely remove the tree before anyone gets hurt.
Take a look at these signs that you have a hazardous tree on your property:
A couple of dead branches here and there is nothing to worry about, but keep an eye out for large dead branches or entire sections of a tree that have died. Dead branches typically have no foliage and may be dry and brittle to the touch. Given time, these branches will break off and drop to the ground, which can cause serious harm to anyone caught below the falling branch. We use specialized equipment like pulleys and saws to carefully cut away the deadwood and remove it from your property.
A leaning tree can be a sign of trouble - especially if the leaning has developed recently. Some trees naturally grow at an angle, and while it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing tree on your property, it shouldn’t pose a problem. However, when a straight, healthy tree suddenly begins to lean, this is a clear sign of structural problems.
Another red flag is when the soil around the roots of the leaning tree begins to bulge upwards. This is created by roots being dragged to the surface as the tree slowly tips over. A leaning tree accompanied by bulges in soil is always a cause for concern, as the tree can suddenly collapse at any time. Our trained arborists can come out right away to inspect the tree and safely remove it from your yard before it injures anyone or damages your home.
Fungus is a living organism that feeds off of dead or dying plant material. When fungi or mushrooms pop up on a tree, it’s a good sign that the tree is either dead or beginning to die. Dead trees are highly unpredictable and fall at any time, especially in high-winds or stormy conditions. It’s important to have a fungus-covered tree inspected by a professional tree company so they can decide how removal should be handled.
Deep Cracks or Splits
It’s not unusual for trees to have minor splits or cracks on the surface due to their natural growth, but serious cracks are cause for alarm. Deep splits can seriously compromise the structural integrity of a tree, greatly increasing the odds of collapsing or dropping off large branches. A deep crack that runs down the length of the tree and into the ground is especially dangerous and should be professionally taken care of without delay.
Patches of Missing Bark
As a tree ages, it’s normal for it to shed old bark and replace it with a layer of new bark. However, it’s not normal for a tree to lose its bark so the underlying wood is exposed. If you see large patches of missing bark on a tree, it’s a good sign that the tree is either diseased or infested with insects. Sick trees are structurally weaker than healthy ones, and as a result, are much more likely to become a safety hazard.