Are Your Trees a Hazard?
May 17, 2016
Owning property comes with a lot of responsibility. Trees are an important component of both residential and commercial properties that can often be ignored, or at least considered low-priority. When something goes wrong with a large established tree, such a disease or pest infestation, the problem might go unchecked for weeks, months and potentially years before it is noticed or addressed. Left unchecked, an otherwise benign problem can result in costly treatments, property damage, or even complete loss of the tree. We call these trees “hazard trees”.
How do you know your tree is at risk?
There are certain signs your tree is in decline and in need of professional help. Only a certified arborist, be it someone from Preservation Tree or another qualified tree service, should inspect and diagnose tree issues. They can then develop a plan for how to remedy the problem, or make other recommendations, which may include removal.
Remember, when hiring a tree care company, ask for credentials!
These are the signs your tree could be in distress:
Cracks & Decay: Just like on your skin, open wounds on the trunk of your tree, especially if they are oozing, is a sign that something could be wrong. Cracks allow pathogens to enter the tree and make it more susceptible to pests. When trees are not properly pruned, sustain wildlife damage or other environmental stresses, fungi and bacteria can enter through the open wound, causing an infection. Over time, you’ll notice the look and vigor of your tree decline.
Is your tree oozing slime? This is a sign of possible serious decay. More on slime flux here.
Codominant trunks: Trees that have two or more dominant trunks can easily break in two during a storm, or as a result of too much weight as the tree ages. We can remedy this problem by bracing and cabling a tree to strengthen both tree trunks.
This tree’s codominant trunks split in two during an ice storm. Unfortunately, it had to be removed.
Mushrooms or Conks on Tree Trunks: A mushroom or fungal conk growing at the base of the tree could mean there is decay inside the tree. Poor tree management could mean a fungal disease could go unnoticed until it’s too late. Over time, the tree could go into such decay it becomes a hazard and may need to be removed.
Construction Damage: Did you know construction on your property, or even your neighbor’s, can cause damage to your tree's roots? Construction plans often don’t take established trees into consideration as they should. Heavy machinery and building materials sit around trees directly on top of their roots, creating intense compaction around the root zone of the tree. This reduces a tree’s ability to properly take in oxygen, water and nutrients at the root zone. Protect your trees during renovation and building projects.
Preservation Tree is committed to preserving trees in the DFW area. For more information on how our certified arborists preserve and protect trees, visit our Services page then give us a call in Dallas 214-528-2266 and Ft. Worth 817-581-4502