Look at the trunk. The entire tree can break or split if there are cavities or cracks in its trunk. However, the presence of a cavity does not necessarily mean the tree needs to be removed. This depends on how extensive the cavity is, where the tree is growing, and the overall state of the tree's health. Look for places on the tree’s trunk where there is no bark. This can indicate a dead section or a fungus attack. Also look for insects. Insects often attack a sick tree’s trunk, leaving very fine sawdust shavings that are clearly visible because they are light in color. Sometimes a tree grows two or more trunks. The points where the multiple trunks connect must be inspected for weakness or past storm damage too.
Another thing to inspect are the branches. One of the most obvious tree dangers is dead wood that can fall. You can spot dead wood easily: dead branches have leaves that are completely brown or there won't be any leaves at all. Look for pockets of decay or rot sometimes exist on the upper side of a branch, where they are invisible to a ground observer.
If any of these conditions are present, call a certified arborist to find out if your tree is stable and healthy.
To protect yourself, your home, and the health of your tree, have weak, broken, or dead branches trimmed or removed!
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Jenni, President & CEO/ Trees "R" Us, Inc.