Month: June 2018

6 Signs Your Tree Is About to Fall

Trees seem to have a bad habit of falling over in the worst places and times. We’ve all seen an unlucky car that’s taken the weight of a fallen branch during an overnight storm or even roofs that were collapsed by giant limbs snapping off.

With summer here it brings high winds and heavy rain, a duo for destruction and risk for trees which may not have what it takes to withstand a good storm. Sometimes we’re just unlucky, and a tree that’s fallen may have never been expected to collapse; however, most of the time you can determine which trees are at higher risks of falling and doing some severe damage.

Before you find yourself dealing with your tree’s untimely fate to crumple your car in your driveway or wake you up with water coming through an open roof, pay attention to these signs to help determine if your trees are safe or if you should take affirmative action to prevent an accident early.

1. The trunk has an open holeTree with hollow trunk could snap easier you may have a dying tree

When trees naturally prune themselves and drop a branch, a cavity can develop inside the trunk itself. Decay can start inside this hole and become more and more hollow. If it gets big enough, your tree’s structure will become at risk, and a heavy wind could cause a top-heavy trunk to sway enough to snap right at the cavity.

2. Tree is missing its bark

The bark on your tree plays an integral part in maintaining the integrity of the structure. Missing bark and deep cracks in a tree are referred to as ‘cankers.’ Having cankers in your tree makes it more susceptible to breaking in that particular area.

3. It’s dropping branches and looks dead

If you have an idea that your tree may be dying you should be cautious. When they begin to die, they’ll drop their branches which is a definite sign that something’s not right. When trees lose their limbs, they’re attempting to cut off areas that they aren’t able to provide enough nutrients for. Dead branches can cause just as much damage when they fall as a whole structure falling, depending on size and height.

4. Structure is starting to lean

You should have a decent idea of how your trees are shaped in your yard. If you have a tree that’s naturally grown at an angle, then you don’t need to be too worried. If you have a tree that’s grown straight and has started to slant upwards of 15 degrees over time, then it’s cause for worry. This could be due to wind or root damage and could be barely hanging on underground and just waiting for the right wind to send it toppling.

5. The branches are growing tight togetherBranches with a V shape can easily split apart

Even if your tree is healthy, the way its branches grow naturally could lead to a falling limb. Branches that grow close together and in the shape of a “V” are weaker than those that grow in the shape of a “U.” With a strong wind, those “V” shaped unions can easily snap and send a limb falling. This is where the importance of pruning each year comes to play to prevent weaker unions.

6. Leaves are dying from the center to the outside

Leaves start to die from the center of the tree and move out when the root system is diseased. When the roots are unhealthy, their nutrients cannot be appropriately sent up the trunk to the leaves that need them. The leaves in the center would react to a root issue first, so catching this early can be important in the aspect of preventing damage from it falling. Without healthy roots, you’re at risk for a fall due to the tree not having an anchor to hold itself up.

 

 

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4 Reasons for Pruning Your Trees & Shrubs

All About Tree Pruning

Pruning a tree may seem self-explanatory and relatively simple, however, there are a lot of things that go into. There are several reasons for why trees need to get pruned and a lot of science that goes into it. Pruning betters the health of your trees and shrubs and makes them look great at the same time.

 

Pruning consists of eliminating dead or injured branches and limbs for the betterment of the entire organism. It may seem that by cutting off parts of a plant you’re causing more damage, though it’s the complete opposite! This process makes them healthier and they don’t feel a thing! Here are the main reasons to prune and how it affects the trees you own.

 

HealthPrune off dead branches on trees and shrubs

 

By taking off dead or injured branches you can direct water and nutrients back to the healthy limbs. Insects love to infiltrate a tree through areas where it’s vulnerable or rotting. By getting rid of these limbs it’ll make your tree less attractive to pesky bugs, preventing diseases they may carry. Sometimes, branches end up crossing paths. Eventually, they grow into each other or rub against themselves causing more damage and deformity. When you prevent this at the start, these branches aren’t able to cause each other problems down the road when they’re massive in size and a threat to the entire plant.

 

Safety

 

Sometimes branches grow in places that they shouldn’t. When a limb starts to reach out over a sidewalk or driveway, it could cause a potential threat to passersby or personal property if it ever falls. When a professional takes care of this issue, you don’t need to take the risk and worry about that branch and the one day that it ‘might’ fall. High winds and storms could cause branches that are damaged to fall as well and should be taken care of before it happens.

 

Makes your yard look better

 

Let’s face it; no one wants to see dead material hanging off your trees and shrubs around the landscape of your yard. When getting rid of the bad stuff that causes an eyesore you make your plants look more appealing. On top of just getting rid of the junk, the plants grow thicker and greener since they have more nutrients to delegate to their healthy parts. You can think of pruning almost like giving your trees a haircut!

 

Have a better viewLimbs can be pruned to give better views

 

Sometimes some branches tend to block a beautiful view you may be missing out on. Whether it’s a lake, cityscape, or whatever’s in the distance beyond, some limbs and branches may be blocking your sight. When you hire a professional, they can prevent trees from growing into a view-blocker and event cut down ones that already are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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