With the extreme summer weather season upon us, it may be time to look at your trees or your neighbors to get a feel for which one’s maybe potential topplers. Here are some of the signs to look for below. Sometimes we get asked what to do if you think a neighbor’s tree has become a hazard tree. Hopefully you can talk to them about it but state law does give you the right to trim or treat trees which are rooted in your neighbor’s yard but hang over into yours. Another situation that occurs is if the roots of neighbors’ tree damages your fence, waterlines or foundation. Again you have some remedy for the part that is on your property but we always urge customer’s to discuss it with a neighbor and see if a mutually beneficial solution can be found.
Usually the condition of the leaves in the crown are a telltale sign of a tree in decline and thus more likely to fall during the next severe thunderstorm.
Here are some of the signs to look for
- Tree species – maple and cottonwoods are the most common hazard trees.
- Bark – If the bark is peeling off or looks discolored that is a warning sign. Healthy bark is tough and difficult to pull off.
- Age – If the tree is older and bigger it could be more of a risk.
- Falling limbs – In a manner of speaking, lots of falling limbs is a sign that the tree is already starting to fall due to decline.
- Aphids and insects – In the great evolutionary cycle, aphids, beetles and borers start to really move in when a tree becomes weakened due to age or disease.
- Construction/root damage. Putting in a pool, sidewalk or driveway can kill nearby roots thus weakening the tree.
If you think your tree might be dangerous we offer a free tree diagnosis.
Sources: Interview with Outdoor Exposure, on Channel 2 News, Winston-Salem, NC.