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  • Writer's pictureNicole Chicas

How to Identify Hazardous Trees on Your Property

Identifying hazardous trees on your property can prevent accidents and damage. Here are some signs to look out for:

Tree in a forest with a decaying inside of trunk.

1. Dead or Dying Trees

Signs include:

  • Lack of leaves during growing season.

  • Brittle or falling branches.

  • Fungus growth on the trunk or roots.

2. Structural Issues

Look for:

  • Cracks or splits in the trunk.

  • Hollow or decaying areas.

  • Co-dominant stems with weak attachments.

3. Leaning Trees

A tree that is leaning significantly, especially with disturbed soil at the base, can indicate root damage or instability.

4. Root Problems

Examine for:

  • Uprooted or exposed roots.

  • Fungal growth around the base.

  • Soil heaving or cracking.

5. Proximity to Structures

Trees too close to buildings, power lines, or other structures can cause damage during storms or high winds.

6. Professional Assessment

If you notice any of these signs, it’s crucial to:

  • Contact a certified arborist for an assessment.

  • Implement recommended actions to mitigate risks.

By regularly checking for these signs, you can maintain a safe environment and address potential hazards before they cause harm.

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