Residential and commercial property owners will often make improvements and upgrades to make their landscape as safe as possible. This may include adding landscape lighting, stable walkways, and well-maintained lawns. However, trees on commercial properties, residential properties, and common areas for subdivisions can sometimes pose a threat to pedestrians, vehicles, and nearby structures. In this two-part blog series, we'll first look at three ways trees can become unsafe over time, and then highlight three ways unsafe trees can pose a threat to business and residential properties.
Diseased or Infested Trees
No matter how healthy or mature a tree may be, a tree disease or invasive insect can attack at any time, and often property owners have no idea the tree is under attack until it's too late. Tree diseases and invasive insects can weaken and even kill a tree when left untreated, and these trees can become unsafe. In addition, tree diseases and invasive insects can also spread on a commercial or residential property and attack other healthy trees and plants.
Damaged or Wounded Trees
During the course of a tree's life, it may suffer damages or wounds from any variety of causes, including nearby construction, windstorms, over pruning, lightning strikes, or coming into contact with live power lines. Damaged trees may have dangling dead branches, gaping wounds, or dangerous cracks that pose a threat to nearby people and property. In addition, severe tree wounds can attract diseases and insects that can further diminish tree health.
Unstable or Uneven Trees
Trees can also become unsafe due to uneven or unstable growth. Some tree varieties are pruned incorrectly at a young age, causing the tree to grow unevenly with heavy branches or crowns. In addition, some trees grow with co-dominant trunks with v-crotch unions instead of the more stable u-shaped unions. A tree with a v-crotch union is much more likely to split and break apart due to stress caused by windstorms, lightning, or other factors.