“Your property landscape will never be complete without seeing a tree within it. No matter whether it is big or small, their existence just gives life to the area. However, we might not be informed that trees do also have diseases that need to be stopped or treated.”
While tree failures are sometimes unpredictable, measures can be performed to counteract them. To mend potential problems just before they arise, you have to look at your trees for the warning signs.
1. Lean – Although trees don’t automatically should grow up-right, inclined trees may indicate an issue. If you notice some exposed roots or cracked soil at the bottom of the tree, this might be an indication that it has started to lean.
2. Multiple trunks – When a tree has multiple trunk or leaders, it is likely to be less strong when compared to a healthy tree. The form of a trunk or where the union of stem joins reveals whether a tree is potentially dangerous. Should there be excess or more than two leaders, then you must tie all of them.
3. Dead wood. When the tree is already dead, it is encouraged to just eliminate it. Strong winds or a storm may easily send these branches crashing down onto your family or your home. Tree trimming is important to get rid of these risks.
4. Weak branch union – This is the area where the branches aren’t effectively or solidly attached to a tree. When branches with similar sizes develop too close with each other, an ingrown bark grows between the branches and within the union. This bark doesn’t have enough structural strength and the branch unions are also weaker than others that doesn’t have included barks. The abnormal bark growth could also serve as a wedge and result in the branch union to break or split apart.
5. Inspect trunks and branches for peeling bark, hollow cavities or mushroom and fungi growth on the bark. Visibility of such is often a sign of decay, particularly if the origin of the growth comes from within the wood rather than the extremity of the bark only. The decision whether or not to preserve the tree depends upon your arborists.
6. Hangers – These are broken branches still hooked up in the tree. Regardless of whether partially or completely split up from the trunk, hangers may fall at any time. Hence, they ought to be removed immediately. Don’t forget to take away the stubs left by the broken or dead branches to avoid the spread of decay.
7. Cankers – Cankers are usually caused by wounding or disease. These are hollowed out spots on the branch or stem in which the bark is supposed to be. A canker that develops more than half of a tree’s circumference may cause failure even if your exposed wood areas appear fine.