When Is A Tree Considered Dangerous?

By 11th September 2018Dangerous Trees

Tree removal of dangerous trees is a popular service of ours in the Manchester and surrounding areas. If you want to know when a tree is considered dangerous, read our blog below and stay safe with your trees.

In most cases, a tree isn’t actually dangerous at all as it can just be growing in an odd shape or be a different form of species you’re not so sure of. The best way to find out if your tree is dangerous is to contact our professional and experienced arboriculturists here on 0161 456 0989 or just take a look at some of the tell-tale signs below.

Minor Damages are Common

As trees are out in all weathers and are often home to lots of different animals and species, there is bound to be some minor damage at some point in its lifetime. The minor damage to keep an eye on can be dead wood from animals habits, damage from fungal infections and weather damage.

As it is common for squirrels to strip away the bark to nest and feed, this will not effect the overall health of the tree so don’t worry!

Cracking Branches or Trunks

If your tree has significant cracks in the trunk or on the branches, it can be a sign that your tree isn’t as healthy as first hoped. Some cracks often appear due to the change in seasons and temperatures or if they have a thin bark naturally that can be susceptible to damage over time.

One of the reasons that cracks are appearing could be due to past poor care of the tree or lack of care over time and also if any work has been carried out in the surrounding areas. If there has been construction work or landscaping in the surrounding areas to your trees, this will have a detrimental effect on the growth and health of the tree and the roots in the ground. A cracked bark can indicate a number of internal issues that need to be addressed before classing your tree as dangerous in its surroundings.

Raised Soil or Cracked Base

Trees use their surroundings for growth and health so if the soil around the base of your tree is damaged, cracked or raised, this will indicate the overall health of the tree’s roots and structure. Raised soil shows that the roots below are not grounded well enough to make the tree stable or safe, resulting in a dangerous tree situation. Although the roots don’t need to grow down deep into the soil, they do need to be able to spread just below the surface to get the most nutrients possible, so if your ground is raised and dry, the roots will suffer massively.

Don’t forget that your tree will get most of its nutrients from the base so if the base is in poor quality, your tree will be too.

Tree Surgeon Consultation

When you contact our team to check out a problem tree there are certain criteria we will check before making the decision if your tree is dangerous or not. We first check out the whole tree environment as to where it is growing, how it is growing and what surroundings they have to get nutrients from or not. Then we will look at the ground area around the tree, the health of the flooring and the materials in the base of the trunk which can effect health, growth and stability.

Another specific area we check for damage is the trunk of the tree and the bark surrounding it. If the natural cavities grow too large for the trunk to hold, they will often burst and will result in instability and broken branches at a later date, leading on to the final area we check, the branches and leaves. If your tree isn’t growing properly, the canopy and the leaf growth is the first area to inspect as this will indicate poor health in the whole tree and a danger for later faults in the structure.

Get in Touch

If you are concerned about a dangerous tree or a potentially damaged tree get in touch with our team today on 0161 456 0989 or 01625 850 320. We take care of all trees, no matter what size or where they are, so give our team a call today and take care of your greenery professionally.

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