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Tree Risk Checklist
Trees provide us with shade, food, beauty and add value to our homes and public places. But, if a tree is injured or damaged it can be a safety risk to people or property.
Homeowners should inspect the trees on their property several times a year for signs of problems. But, are you wondering what to look for?
Here is a checklist of warning signs that your trees need a professional’s care from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) website:
- Are there large, dead branches in the tree?
- Are there detached branches hanging in the tree?
- Does the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or in major branches?
- Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
- Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches are attached?
- Have any branches fallen from the tree?
- Have adjacent trees fallen over or died?
- Has the trunk developed a strong lean?
- Do many of the major branches arise from one point on the trunk?
- Have the roots been broken off, injured, or damaged by lowering the soil level, installing pavement, repairing sidewalks, or digging trenches?
- Has the site recently been changed by construction, raising the soil level, or installing lawns?
- Have the leaves prematurely developed an unusual color or size?
- Have trees in adjacent wooded areas been removed?
- Has the tree been topped or otherwise heavily pruned?
To get a copy of the complete two page handout from ISA, go to treesaregood.com http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/resources/TreeRisk.pdf
Are your trees at risk? Click or call us for a tree risk assessment: San Jose (408) 654-9806, Peninsula (650) 477-8995, Bay Area (415) 515-9907.