What you need to know about proper tree inspections

The biggest question to ask when surveying trees near one’s house is: are my trees safe? If a low hanging or leaning tree falls on your house, it will take down the house with it. A tree shouldn’t cause tens of thousands of dollars in property damage if it was easily avoidable. A tree should be a benefit to its community and local environment. Ideally, a certified tree expert or arborist should come out and inspect each tree. However, we can run down some key things to look out for when inspecting one’s own trees.

The most important thing is to make sure one’s trees are not particularly low hanging or leaning as we have previously mentioned. The property costs alone are staggering. If a tree in your yard falls on your neighbor’s property, determining who is at fault can be a legal nightmare. There are other risks besides tree falling and property damage. The International Society of Arborists (or ISA) outlines a list of risk factors to look out for when owning a tree.

  • A tree having a forked trunk
  • A tree in a wet with shallow soil
  • Open trunk or branch cavity
  • Nearby and potentially hazardous electrical lines
  • Branches that are broken or partially attached to the trunk

There are many more risks to look out of. A tree inspection is to make sure that the tree is healthy but also that the tree doesn’t harm you or your property. Hamlin Tree Care recommends having one’s trees inspected every three to fours years. Since trees live hundreds of years, this is a good frequency of inspection. There are always many different fungi and diseases that can destroy a tree from the inside. Oak Wilt is a disease that affects oak trees in central Texas and was considered an epidemic back in the 90’s. It spreads through the root system to neighboring trees and is almost always fatal. Oak wilts telltale sign is that is premature changes a healthy tree’s color to brown regardless of the season.

Trees create their own ecosystems around them and breath life into every living thing. It’s vital that they are checked every year or so for any issues that may be brewing within their bark. Doing a preliminary inspection as a homeowner can be beneficial in pointing out the problem to an arborist. Arborists know exactly what to look out for when inspecting a tree. Many diseases and pests are within the tree or the root system and need special equipment to diagnose properly.When you have a tree in your yard, you’re taking on the responsibility to keep a piece of nature healthy. It can be a lot of work, but also very rewarding. If a tree is potentially dangerous or sickly it’s not the end of the world. It’s an arborists job to ensure that a tree can be as healthy as it can and back to swaying in the wind.

When you have a tree in your yard, you’re taking on the responsibility to keep a piece of nature healthy. It can be a lot of work, but also very rewarding. If a tree is potentially dangerous or sickly it’s not the end of the world. It’s an arborists job to ensure that a tree can be as healthy as it can and back to swaying in the wind.

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