Here are the 8 most common warning signs that I see day in and day out at work.
You also need to see if roots have been cut or disturbed. If so, then it is likely that the tree will become unstable.
2. A leaning tree. Trees do not necessarily grow straight up. However, trees with a significant lean
3. Just how many trunks does your tree have? Some trees develop multiple trunks. Trees with multiple trunks can break if the trunks are weakly attached. Trunks with splits or cracks have a high failure potential. Inspect these trees for cracks or splits where the trunks meet.
4. Weakly Attached Branches. Inspect branches where they attach to the trunk. Tight V-shaped forks are more prone to break than open U-shaped unions. Trees with splits, cracks, and/or several branches arising from the same point on the trunk can also present problems.
5. Cavities & Decay Pockets. No, not in your teeth! On your trees! Inspect the trunk or branches for peeling bark and hollow or decayed areas. Large decay pockets and decay where branches meet the
6. Trunk & Branch Cracks. Inspect the trunk and large branches for cracks. Deep, large cracks indicate structural weakness in the tree and need careful evaluation.
7. Hangers (not those things that are in your closet). Hangers are broken branches still lodged in the tree. Whether partially attached or separately completed from the trunk, hangers are likely to fall and should be removed. Stubs left by broken branches should be pruned correctly.
8. Deadwood. Deadwood, or dead branches, are a normal part of a tree’s growth pattern but will eventually fall. Branches over two inches in diameter can cause serious damage when they fall. Removal of all deadwood may not be critical, but deadwood should not be ignored.