How Do You Identify A Hazardous Tree

Understanding Tree Damage

Joseph Tree has been removing trees marked as hazards since we began our journey of revolutionizing professional tree removal and tree care in 2004. While our team of accomplished and respected arborists have created a strong reputation with our professional tree removal service and our services for tree maintenance, we have extensive experience in hazardous tree identification. Our tree service history of thousands of completed projects means our team can quickly detect and identify dangerous trees and any tree hazards through a simple tree inspection. A skilled arborist will recognize root issues, trunk splitting, loose bark, fallen branches, general tree decay, and any other hazard that may result in damage to your property. While we encourage any property owner or management to request a tree inspection if they are concerned about any trees being a hazard, we also want to educate our customers on the potential damage any tree that has sustained damage can cause on the surrounding environment. A hazard tree is typically identified by any diseased, dying, dead, or defective part of the tree including the trunk, roots, and branches. Identifying a dangerous tree can be as simple as finding fallen dead branches, or examining the root of the tree. If one of our arborists determines any trees on your property need removal we can build a quote for you for our tree removal service and schedule the removal for as soon as possible. Our team is able to remove trees of all sizes from small to large and employs a variety of professional services from a traditional tree removal to crane tree removal in cases where it is necessary to have the tree removed safely. If your tree is suffering from decay, fallen limbs, or other issues that may be a hazard please reach out for information on our tree inspection service.

Identifying Tree Hazards

When identifying whether or not a tree on your property is a hazard you can use some simple but effective visual clues; these clues will help you determine whether or not it is the right time to call in a tree expert. While there are tens of thousands of tree species many trees share commonalities when they are at risk of falling over or rotting. It can be as simple as understanding what unhealthy bark looks like or understanding the proper shape and length of a tree truck. Identifying these potentially dangerous situations early on can save you a lot of stress and potentially money if a large limb or entire tree were to fall and damage your house, vehicle, other property, or even injure a person who happened to be near the tree at the time of the incident. In the event that you’re able to reach out to our tree service and removal team we can make sure that no harm comes to your property during the tree removal process. Be sure to keep an eye out for the following indicators that can keep you informed about the general health of trees on your property.

Branch Damage and Breaks

Wind storms in the Columbus area can be quite severe and cause damage, especially with dead trees in your yard or outside of your business. Rotting, damaged, and dead branches are extremely susceptible to the high powered gusts of wind that occur during these storms. Making sure that any previously damaged branches or a branch that has broken off are removed in a timely manner can keep them from falling or being pushed in the wind toward vehicles, homes, and windows. If any trees in your yard have a history of limbs falling occasionally that may be an indicator that the tree is weak or has dead limbs. It is not always the case that a tree with dead limbs is dying; it may have sustained damage in some way that is causing part of the tree to rot, and we can safely remove those sections. Just because a tree may be dead or dying doesn’t necessarily mean the entire thing has to be removed, but it is always better to have an expert inspect the trees in situations like this to ensure the safety of everyone nearby. Keeping an eye out for damaged or hanging limbs is a key factor in spotting a tree hazard.

Bark and Tree Trunks

The bark of a tree can tell you a lot about the health status and give you a better idea of whether or not the tree should be examined by an arborist proficient in tree care. In some ways the bark of a tree is like the skin or outer layer of protection. It can keep unwanted bugs out, help to retain appropriate moisture within the tree, and help regulate the temperature of the tree especially in the colder seasons. Understanding bark can really help you understand what’s happening with the tree. If the bark has a history of feeling, falling apart, or has visible cracks there are all signs of a tree that is unhealthy. The texture of bark can also change when the tree is unhealthy and become overly hard or overly soft. Another indicator is if the tree bark has any fungus growing, which could mean the tree has been compromised and may be causing the roots of the tree to rot away if it isn’t taken care of and treated with appropriate professional care. If the tree has any holes or cavities this can be a major concern and we can come inspect the trees on your property to give you a better idea of whether or not the tree is hazardous.

Roots of a Tree

Tree roots have multiple vital functions to keep trees healthy and growing. They keep trees strong and healthy by absorbing all of the necessary nutrients and water that trees need to maintain their strength over many years. Tree roots also play a major role in maintaining structural integrity. They spread out from underneath the trunk of the tree to support the weight of the limbs keeping it from leaning or growing at a slant. Unhealthy roots can break, lose the ‘grip’ they have on the soil under the tree, or rot from disease or infestations. While not always noticeable at first this can be detrimental to the safety of trees, especially larger ones that have thicker trunks or longer, heavier limbs. Weak roots can be especially dangerous when the trees are growing near homes or other structures.

Tree Removal & Arborist Specialists

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When Joseph Tree began in 2004 Michael and David Joseph sought out to professionalize the tree removal and tree care business in a way that hadn’t been done before. Our company is proud to continue to serve the greater Columbus areas as one of the top arborists in Ohio. Beyond just the removal of trees our team has ample training and certifications and we continue to raise the bar on the standards we set for ourselves. We adhere to specific guidelines to make sure that every tree that goes through our care receives the attention needed to keep them maintained and healthy. In the case that a tree needs to be removed our team will assess and create a plan of action on how to most efficiently and effectively get the job done. If you have any concerns about trees on your property and whether or not that is a potential hazard, reach out to us today to schedule an evaluation so that together we can avoid any dangerous incidents.