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February 25, 2016

Hazardous Trees

Public safety is a tree owner’s responsibility

What to look for if a tree is hazardous?

When a part of a tree or the entire tree has potential to fail and fall due to defects and it has a target that can be damaged or harmed, it should be considered hazardous and should be removed immediately.  Targets are those things of value such as; your home, cars, play areas, public through fairs, etc.  A tree leaning over the street with heavy pedestrian or vehicular traffic would be treated differently than the same tree on your far, back border.  Our legal system has placed the responsibility on the tree’s owner to ensure the safety of the public.  It is important that a tree owner practice due diligence and provide reasonable care to ensure the safety of the public.

Many of the serious defects in an older tree may be out of sight such as; root rot or internal decay, and these are pretty hard to identify but most express some symptoms.  The following are some symptoms that you should pay attention to and look for:

  • Large dead or broken branches in the crown.
  • Obvious cavities anywhere in the main trunk of the tree.
  • Mushrooms growing around the base of the tree or over the root system.
  • Cracks or splits in the trunk, or oozing areas
  • Has the trunk developed a strong lean, or is the root system heaving up out of the ground.

If you observe any of these systems or have any concerns please give us a call as soon as possible.

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