How To Spot Potential TREE HAZARDS In Your Landscape

With winter approaching, storms bringing winds and rain which can cause limbs (and even whole trees) to fall to the ground.  Hazardous trees pose a danger not only to property, but to people.  Accidents and property damage can be averted by recognizing the warning signs of a potentially hazardous tree.

Potential Tree Hazards To Watch For:

• Dead or partially attached limbs

• Cracked stems and branch forks

• Peeling bark or trunk wounds

• Mushrooms growing on the trunk

• Hollow or decayed areas on the trunk or main limbs

• Heaving or raised soil at the tree base which could indicate an unsound root system

• Tight, V-shaped forks in trees (these are much more prone to failure than open U-shaped forks) • Trees located near construction areas where tree roots may have been effected by trenching, addition or removal of soil, digging or heavy equipment movement

Proper and strategic pruning can minimize many tree hazards.  Cabling or bracing weak branches is sometimes recommended to prevent breaking and falling where in other cases, removal may be the only safe option.   Northwest Tree Specialists has four Certified Tree Risk Assessors on staff to assist you in determining any potential tree hazards you may have in your landscape and what options are available to minimize damage and maximize safety. Please contact us at 503-645-2242 for a no-cost consultation now…before the winter weather arrives