Are Your Trees a Hazard?

By | June 12, 2015

As trees get older and taller, they really start looking their best, but they can also present a hazard that could affect you, your family, your home and passers-by.

Tree Hazard

Tree attack!

It takes a trained eye to see when a tree is poised to strike. Branches that have a weak union with the tree trunk could have developed over the years unless you have your trees attended to by an arborist on a regular basis. All it takes is a high wind and the consequences could be frightening or even tragic.

Pests and diseases may have harmed your tree, weakening important branches or leaving dead wood that’s waiting to fall on cars, homes or worse yet, people.

Just how well do you know your tree? What type of root structure does it have? Although trees aren’t malicious in any way, the roots are growing. There have been numerous lawsuits in which disgruntled neighbours sue for damages owing to damage to foundations caused by overly aggressive roots. If roots damage your own home or outbuildings, you get an additional hazard and no recourse whatsoever. On the other side of the coin, root-rot can make trees dangerously unstable.

Tame the savage tree!

Alright, we’ll admit it: trees aren’t actually savage, but neglecting them could have nasty consequences. The structure of the crown is particularly important, and unless you really know how to evaluate a tree for the hidden dangers that might be lurking, it makes sense to consult with someone who knows what’s best – both for you and for your tree.

You might think that any tree lopper is going to suggest a chainsaw massacre, but an honest professional will give you a proper diagnosis. Your tree care professional will explain the need for any pruning in detail and will give you a clean bill of health if there aren’t any problems to be seen. They can also show you what issues may be developing and propose a lighter, more delicate pruning process that will eliminate problems before they turn into massive issues. Obviously, the sooner you prune or lop a tree that’s getting too big for its boots, the less damage to the tree and the easier the task is to perform.

Nature versus nurture

Many people believe that nature should be left to take its course. If you’re in the middle of the wilderness, that’s probably the right philosophy, but nature isn’t always kind. Young trees can quickly turn into pruning and tree lopping nightmares if they aren’t trained well from a young age.

Tree care should be an important part of your garden’s maintenance, and it should start as young as possible. Once the tree gets out of shape, it’s much more difficult – it can even be impossible – to reverse the process.

In nature, trees get the luck of the draw. Some grow into graceful giants without any intervention, but for every handsome tree in the wild there are at least ten trees that are struggling or just didn’t make it. You simply can’t afford to leave trees to their own devices if you want a good looking, safe garden that’s a haven for plants, pets and people alike.