Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Preventing your trees from becoming hazardous

Did you know that most hazardous trees are preventable?

Hazardous trees are often created when people lack the knowledge of what it takes to keep trees healthy, and by the ignorance of how their actions can unintentionally lead to the decline and eventual death or failure of a tree. What exactly does it take to prevent trees from becoming hazardous?

If you have a tree that you think may already be hazardous, consider hiring a Certified Arborist to conduct a Hazard Tree Assessment. Trees "R" Us, Inc. has 4 Certified Arborists on staff to help assess your trees.  This involves determining the likelihood that a tree or part of a tree will fail and injure people or property and assessing risk factors that may contribute to the eventual failure of a standing tree.

When a tree becomes hazardous, it often fails, which means a limb falls out of the canopy of the tree, the trunk splits and falls to the ground, or the entire tree becomes uprooted, and people are often injured and property is damaged or destroyed. Because trees are living organisms growing in varied dynamic environments, it is impossible to predict exactly when a tree will fail. Weather often plays a role in tree failure. Extreme wind, rain, snow, and ice can cause perfectly healthy trees to fail. But usually it is the trees that have some defect, decay, or damage that fail under extreme weather events. Fortunately, this tree failure is often preventable through proper planning, planting, care, and maintenance of trees.

Hazardous trees are often created through human influences. Rarely do environmental factors create hazardous trees; usually these factors just contribute to the timing and severity of the tree failure. By understanding what circumstances create hazardous trees, you can learn how to prevent trees from becoming hazardous.

Take care of your trees and plants. For assistance, advice, and overall tree care, contact Trees "R" Us, Inc. at or call us at 847-913-9069. Trees "R" Us, Inc. provides quality tree care and tree maintenance to the north shore of Chicago and its surrounding north and northwest suburbs. Trees "R" Us, Inc is a tree service that provides quality tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding and plant health care among other services.

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