From afar, trees can appear in good health and relatively stable. However, a closer inspection can reveal problems ranging from the minor to the urgent, but many property owners don't look at their trees close enough to notice until it's too late and damage is done. The main issues are that property owners don't know to look at their trees on a regular basis, they don't know what signs to look for, or how to handle the issues they discover. In today's blog post, we'll look at the simple signs property owners can look for that indicates that tree work is needed and the proper course of action for each.

Broken Limbs or Branches

The first sign property owners can look for are broken limbs or dangling branches within the tree. These can become dangerous and even deadly debris, causing both serious physical injury and property damage. While they could break and fall down at any time, they are likely to inflict the most harm during a severe storm or major hurricane, as they become windborne. Certified Arborists can safely and promptly remove broken limbs without injuring the tree or performing excessive pruning to help property owners avoid injuries or property losses.

Heaving Soil

Another sign that a tree on a commercial or residential site may need urgent tree services is the presence of heaving soil at the base of the tree. Heaving soil is an indication that the tree is close to being partially or completely uprooted due to a weak or damaged root system. In these instances, Certified Arborists can evaluate tree health and stability and determine if cabling and bracing services would be beneficial, or if tree removal is necessary.

Hollow Trunk or Decay

Trees can become serious threats to personal and property safety when they've become decayed over time. Hollow trees or trees with decayed trunks and limbs can be incredibly unstable and far more likely to collapse onto people or nearby structures. In addition, decayed or hollow trees can also become breeding grounds for diseases, fungi, and insects that can harm the rest of the commercial or residential property.  The proper course of action in this case would be prompt, safe tree removal, including the tree stump. 

Planted In The Wrong Spot

While trees can be a great addition to a property, they can become a liability and financial drain if they're planted in the wrong spot, or if they're the wrong size for the planting location. When trees are planted too close to utility lines, they require constant pruning and maintenance to ensure they don't interfere with utility services. Tree limbs can come into contact with power lines and cause outages or create an electrocution hazard for people or nearby structures. Also, if the wrong tree species is picked for a small planting space, then the tree might not be able to thrive as it grows. The end result will be a weaker, unattractive tree that may end up having to be removed much earlier than anticipated.

At some point, trees need routine maintenance, but some trees need more urgent care and services over their lifetime. When trees need immediate maintenance, they need the expertise and care from Certified Arborists to ensure their long-term health, stability, and beauty. LMC offers safe, efficient, and professional Tree Care Services for commercial and residential properties handled by Certified Arborists and Landscape Professionals. Contact LMC today for more information, or fill out our online form to request a free consultation.