Trees add value to any landscaping project in a garden or lawn. Not only do they improve a place’s aesthetic value, but they also add comfort and an enhanced cozy feel through the shade they provide. However, you have to be wary, too, about the telltale signs alerting you that a tree may already pose danger to you and your property. Having this level of awareness can avoid any untoward damages that can sometimes be fatal. This is why Taylor Fencing is partnering today with arborists from Bellarine Tree Removal to discuss some of the telltale signs of a dangerous tree:
1. The branches of the tree are starting to be in an unwanted location
When doing a landscaping job, you should make a mental note to position your tree in such a manner that when the branches start to grow longer and higher, they do not reach an area where the branch itself can already be considered dangerous. In these cases, a tree can be a nuisance when:
- The branches are getting too close to doors or windows
- The branches are growing too close and are hitting the gutters of your roof
- The branches are growing towards your house
The above mentioned areas are typically situated in high traffic areas of your home, where you can be sure that there will always be someone who will regularly pass there. When the tree starts to grow in this unpleasant manner, it can be an early sign of incoming danger; hence, you should immediately have your tree trimmed by arborists.
2. There is a presence of fungal growth on the trunk of the tree
Fungal growth on the external parts of your tree trunk can often indicate that there is an internal fungal decay. You can tell that there is fungal decay because mushrooms will start to grow on the trunk of your tree. As exciting as this sight might be to you, it is an unpleasant sign that your tree can potentially be dangerous. Fungal decay can weaken the trunk of your trees, therefore making its foundation weaker and more susceptible to suddenly falling.
3. The tree is showing obvious signs of decay
The most obvious sign of a decaying tree is discoloration. When you notice that a part of the tree is starting to look different from the rest of the tree itself, then you should have it checked by an arborist. As a tree expert, it will be the arborist who can tell you if the tree is really starting to decay to a dangerous extent, or if it is still considered safe and tolerable. When a tree is discolored and dying, you do not have to feel too sad about it, as it can also be a great chance for you to use this dead part of the tree as wood for your fence or other works in your home.
4. The big branches of the tree have started to fall
It shouldn’t be a regular occurrence for branches of trees to fall regularly. When this starts to happen, it should serve as a warning that more impending danger is coming. Small branches falling from a tree may not be extremely dangerous, but when the branches that have fallen are relatively big, you should already take this as a warning of risk, and ask an arborist or tree specialist to check your tree out.
5. The tree has recently passed through a rainy season
When you are going to do landscaping work in your garden, it is best if you do it during the summertime. As much as rain can do good to your plants and trees by giving them the nourishment that they need, passing through a heavy rainy season can damage the trunk of your trees as well. When it rains hard, it creates a “V” or a “U” shape in the middle of the trunk, where water gets absorbed. This presence of water can rot the center of the trunk and eventually weaken it.
6. The tree has been with you for many years now
Trees are made to last for so many years, and some even stay alive after a century. The age of a tree can speak volumes of its quality and durability. However sturdy a tree may be, though, you should still take the time to have it checked and trimmed regularly. When the tree in your yard has already been around for over a decade or so, it is best if you have it checked once in two to three years. As is with having your tree checked, you should also have it trimmed around the same timeframe.
7. The branches of the tree are starting to bend too much
Tree branches are made to point upwards in a very mighty and strong fashion. On the other hand, the following are signs that a tree branch might fall soon:
- The tree branches look weary and wilted
- The tips of the tree branches are pointed downwards
- The branches themselves are curved downwards
It is not normal for a tree to have any of the cases mentioned above. Hence, when it does, it should already serve as an early warning for you that sooner or later, that tree branch will fall. It is best, therefore, to be proactive about it and have them pruned before they fall unexpectedly later on, potentially causing an accident.
To always be on the safe side, it is highly recommended that you entrust the care and landscaping of your garden to an expert. This becomes especially true if you are dealing with trees. Ask yourself: Is the savings on taking risks worth the extreme damage that may come out of it? Of course not. These above mentioned signs of tree damage are there to alert you in checking to see if your tree is still doing well, and if it is still safe to have it around.