You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that trees are essential for different reasons. Trees are one of the biggest plants in the planet, and they produce oxygen – a chemical which is required for human beings to breathe and live. Additionally, trees can clean the air and soil, provide shade, fight soil erosion and provide materials which you can use to build your home or shed. However, just because trees are useful, doesn’t mean you should completely brush off the notion that trees can also be dangerous to the family.
Trees can provide several benefits to your family and property. But when trees age and rot, they can become the reason why you or your family members can be injured. Your properties can also be damaged when a tree falls. In short, trees can become a source of accidents and hazards if these are not in excellent physical condition. To ensure that this won’t happen to you, be wary of the signs to know if a backyard tree may be dangerous:
It’s unhealthy and damaged already: One of the easiest way to determine if a tree is dangerous is by assessing how it looks. You should start by looking into your tree’s shape or leaves. If you notice anything unusual about it (like leaves falling out of season), it might be a telltale sign that this tree is dangerous. Trees should be healthy so it can continually provide the benefits you expect.
Its roots are damaged: The roots are probably one of the most important parts of the tree. The roots absorb chemicals for the tree to survive while providing foundation the tree needs. Take the time to check how the roots of your trees are. Is there a space between the tree and the ground? Or are your trees tilting to one side? If you’ve noticed any of these signs, the roots might be struggling to keep the tree in place. This is something which you should address immediately. You don’t want strong winds and other weather conditions to cause the tree to fall and cause damage, right?
It’s growing too close to man-made structures: You might have planted your trees near power lines and didn’t see any problem about the location before. But since this tree has grown, its height might pose hazard in the long run. If these trees are steadily growing towards power lines, consider having these trees removed as soon as possible. The power line might get tangled in its branches and can cause a fire hazards. This can be very dangerous especially if these power lines are near rows of houses.
It has pests: Trees are natural habitats for animals like birds and squirrels. This is where they make their homes and take care of their offspring. But if you start to notice rodents and worms, your tree might be doing more harm than good in your backyard and should be removed immediately. This is especially true when you have fruit-bearing trees.
It has fungus growth: Most homeowners would love seeing herbs and shrubs growing near trees. More greeneries for the backyard is always good for them. However, if you’re seeing these fungus growing on trees, it might spell danger. Fungus growth is one sign which can tell you that your tree is no longer healthy. This can mean that there are cracks in different parts of the tree, and moisture might have seeped in, weakening the tree. Additionally, fungus growth is associated with various tree diseases namely crown rot, oak wilt and fire blight.
It has broken branches: Broken branches which exposes the inside of your tree is a sure sign that a tree is dangerous. Once it’s broken, these branches lose its strength and can fall anytime soon. This might not seem like a cause for concern if you only have small trees but for larger ones like dogwood, tulip trees and saucer magnolia, its branches can injure your family. Your vehicles can also be damaged if these branches fall into it.
It’s growing outward: Trees usually grow upward. However, this direction might change if you’re growing trees on your backyard. Since your backyard has excessive open space and only has a few trees to compete with, they have the tendency to grow upward. These trees can tilt to one side because of its heavy branches. Don’t wait for these branches to snap, act immediately once you see these.
Call Professionals Immediately
Undeniably, trees can be beneficial in different ways. Trees can help maintain the environment and improve the value of your property. But these shouldn’t be your only focus when you have trees in your backyard. On the contrary, you should keep in mind that these trees can also rot and die in the long run. If you see your trees having the signs listed in this article, call for professional help immediately like Bellarine Trees. Have you seen any of these signs?
Daniel has worked in the management, cutting, and caring of trees for the last 20 years. He works and helps run Bellarine Trees and is passionate about the environment and tree worker safety. He has a wife and two daughters and he enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.