Tree Risk Assessment

Fallen Tree Branch

Mature trees are typically healthy, with their shade and beauty providing us comfort and joy throughout all seasons, but sometimes they can also be a risk. Learn how to assess whether your trees are in danger.

Risk Assessment Process

When buying a home, one of the important factors at the forefront of many peoples’ minds is what kind of foliage already exists on the property, and what greenery they might plant to make the space feel more like their own. Sometimes though, for a variety of reasons, parts of the can die off, and pose a risk to the property, passersby, and our homes.

A trained arborist is the best person to perform a risk assessment, but there are some things you can watch for to know when to call the professionals.

Broken or Dead Limbs

A broken limb poses physical danger as it can break away completely at any time but dead branches do as well. When a branch is no longer receiving nutrients it becomes brittle and easily torn off in storms or high winds. Branches without leaves and that appear brittle and discolored are a few indications to look for.

Weak Tree Unions

Branches on a tree should grow in a “u” shape rather than the “v” shape often thought of. The “v” shape indicators a weak union, that possess a similar risk of falling off in storms.

Open Wounds

Damage to a tree that causes the exposure of the flesh under bark make the tree susceptible to disease and fungus. Do a visual check to see if such wounds exist. 

Leaning Trunk

A tree that is leaning rather than growing upright poses a great danger to anything within its vicinity as it could one day topple down. This issue is one that requires professional help to assess, especially if the change is recent or rapid. 

Unsafe Trees

After the arborist has made their inspection, they will then give an overall picture of the tree’s health, including reasons why your tree is at risk. From there, you will be able to make a more informed decision about your tree.

Professional arborists, like those at Paul Bunyan, Inc. will help identify potential dangers to your trees. Some particular issues can be difficult to notice that are harmful to trees in the long term, such as cavities, fungi, open wounds, and sores. 

These four issues especially can be tricky to spot if you aren’t looking for them, as they can be small, or appear on the tree’s bark, so as to make them appear to be a naturally occurring part of the tree itself, rather than an invasive blight or injury. 

Contact a certified arborist to visit your home, assess their risks, and handle the removal of trees from the property in a way that pays due respect to you, your land, and your tree, every time.

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