There are many benefits to having mature, healthy trees on your property. Mature trees increase the value of your property, improve your home’s curb appeal, and provide shade for the whole family. Don’t let falling branches catch you by surprise! There are a number of ways to identify a dangerous tree just by looking at it.

  1. Look at the Roots

Even a seemingly healthy tree with thick, green foliage could have rotten or decaying anchor roots. Damaged roots may cause your tree to lean or worse, topple over altogether. To check for root damage, first inspect the soil around your trees. Signs of root damage include cracked or raised soil (most likely on the opposite side of the lean if there is one), exposed roots, and the presence of mushrooms or other fungi on or around the tree.

  1. Look at the Trunk

An inspection of all sides of a tree’s trunk can reveal a number of signs of a hazardous tree. A tree’s bark is like its armor, so any spots where bark is cracked or missing could indicate damage or disease of the tree. You should also take note of any hollow areas within the trunk. Not all cavities are life-threatening for the tree, but ignoring the wrong one ultimately risks a split trunk and can lead to a destroyed tree.

  1. Look at the Canopy

As we’re checking the base and trunk of the tree, it can be easy to forget to look up, but the tree’s canopy can also mask dangers. Grab your binoculars, and give the branches a good once over. Deadwood is fairly easy to identify on an otherwise healthy tree, but if you’re not sure, the arborists at Patrick Musser Tree Service can help!

Don’t let dangerous trees live near your home. Contact us now, and let us take care of your tree service needs.