A lot of times homeowners don’t know that a tree on their property is going to fall over until it’s too late. Little do most know, your mature trees may be giving you a few signals before they fall over. Not preparing for a tree that’s ready to fall can cause serious damage to your property, or even worse- personal injury.
Sometimes trees can add value to a property, so you don’t always want to remove the tree from your property completely. Luckily, sometimes you can save a tree that is showing warning signs of yelling ‘timber’ in the future. You might ask “Well, what are the warning signs?” below we’ll take a look at the warning signs and see what you can do about them to maybe save your tree.
Trees That Lean
While trees don’t always grow completely vertical, there is a point where if it leans a little too much to one side or another it’s an early warning sign that the tree is ready to take a spill.
The danger signs of a tree that is leaning too far is cracked or displaced soil, especially on the opposite side of the lean. Also if the roots are exposed around the base of the tree. If the tree has any of these symptoms it may be a good time to call a landscaper to prune the branches, which entails removing dead or dangerous branches of a tree to re-distribute the weight across the tree better.
The Tree Has More Than One Trunk
A tree can be unstable if it has multiple trunks or splits on the trunk causing the weight to distribute in an unfavorable way. Good ways to tell is if there is a U or V shaped trunk somewhere in the tree, or you can clearly see cracks that extend deeply into the trunk.
Fixing this issue is another thing you are going to want to leave to the professionals as it can be dangerous. Calling a good landscaper to come and stabilize split trunks via cables is usually the first course of action. While it won’t reverse any of the damage, it will extend the life of the tree greatly.
Property Construction Can Harm Tree Roots
If you have recently done a larger construction project on your property such as putting up an addition or installing a driveway, surrounding trees could have had their roots compromised. Also, construction equipment can sometimes hit and damage tree bark opening up the opportunity for tree disease or other infestations.
Signs of property construction tree damage can be damaged bark, less foliage, or seeing things such as mushrooms, ants, or other infestations at the base of the tree can indicate rot or decay. All of these can lead to an unstable tree that could potentially fall in the near future.
If your trees have been compromised by nearby construction and you suspect they may fall soon it’s important to find someone that can help prevent (or if it’s too late safely remove) the tree from falling.
Call a Landscaper
If you see any of these signs in trees surrounding your property, they could be trees that have a potential to fall and destroy anything in their path, including your home and vehicles. Since dealing with larger, mature trees can be very dangerous, it is advised to get into contact with an experienced landscaper to help you out.
Lola’s Landscape has been providing tree pruning and tree removal services to Franklin, MA and Norfolk County since 2009. We provide everything from tree removal all the way down to limb removal and stump grinding to keep your property looking pristine. We are also fully licensed and insured and our crew has many combined years of experience, so you know you’re getting the best tree services in Norfolk County.
If you have any questions about Lola’s tree services or suspect you have a tree that is showing warning signs of falling, don’t wait! Give us a call at (774) 248-4584 or fill out the form on this page for a free quote.