Hazardous tree in your yard

Hazardous tree in your yard

With the extreme summer weather season upon us, it may be time to look at your trees or your neighbors to get a feel for which one’s maybe potential toppers. Here are some of the signs to look for below. Sometimes we get asked what to do if we think a neighbor’s tree has become a hazardous tree. Hopefully, you can talk to them about it but state law does give you the right to trim or treat trees that are rooted in your neighbor’s yard but hangover into yours. Another situation that occurs is if the roots of a neighbors’ tree damage your fence, waterlines, or foundation. Again you have some remedy for the part that is on your property but we always urge customers to discuss it with a neighbor and see if a mutually beneficial solution can be found. 

Usually, the condition of the leaves in the crown is a telltale sign of a tree in decline and thus more likely to fall during the next severe thunderstorm. 

Here are some of the signs to look for

  1. Tree species – maple and cottonwoods are the most common hazard trees. 
  2. Bark – If the bark is peeling off or looks discolored that is a warning sign. Healthy bark is tough and difficult to pull off.
  3. Age – If the tree is older and bigger it could be more of a risk. 
  4. Falling limbs – In a manner of speaking, lots of falling limbs are a sign that the tree is already starting to fall due to decline.
  5. Aphids and insects – In the great evolutionary cycle, aphids, beetles, and borers start to really move in when a tree becomes weakened due to age or disease. 
  6. Construction/root damage. Putting in a pool, sidewalk or driveway can kill nearby roots thus weakening the tree. 

If you think your tree might be dangerous we offer a free tree diagnosis

Sources: Interview with Outdoor Exposure, on Channel 2 News, Winston-Salem, NC.

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