Most people only think to check their trees health after a major issue. While it is important to check your trees after storms, it should be done on a routinely basis. Even healthy trees can pose a risk under certain circumstances. As a homeowner, you should be familiar with the common warning signs. Regularly examine the tree’s roots, branches and crown for these dangers:
Dying/dead/ branches. Dead branches are no longer receiving nutrients from the tree and pose the risk of breaking off with mild to fierce winds.
Weak trunk and branch unions/attachments. The diagram displays how to discern what is a strong or weak union.
Cavities, open wounds, and fungi. Trees can receive damage from a variety of causes. Branches that are cut improperly and tear off the tree often cause large open wounds. These wounds allow for harmful disease and decay to enter the tree.