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How to Spot a Potentially Dangerous Tree

October 26, 2022

There are a lot of things to worry about when you own a home. And we're not just talking about the monthly mortgage payment. If you live in Florida, you more than likely have a tree or two on your property. And because Florida has its fair share of tumultuous weather, such as hurricanes, rainstorms, and much more, it's important that you know the signs of a potentially dangerous tree. Now is the perfect time to take a close look at the trees on your property and make a proper assessment

Top to Bottom 

Any tree inspection should begin at a place where you have a vantage point that allows you to see the tree from top to bottom. Make sure you're on a level surface that allows you to see if the tree is leaning in one direction or another. This is the first sign of decaying roots. If you're unsure, have a professional service inspect it and give you a second opinion. 

Getting a Look at Ground Level 

Once you've got an idea of how healthy your tree may or may not be, it's time to take an extra close look at the ground. A tree's roots anchor it in place and allow it to feed itself. The structural roots are usually above ground and easy to spot, whereas the feeding roots are always beneath the ground to facilitate feeding. Sometimes roots can look healthier than they are, and the only way to determine if they're in bad shape is by having an expert take an in-depth look at the soil adjacent to the tree. 

And That's the Trunk of the Matter 

Evaluating the shape of the tree trunk is integral to determining a tree's health. The trunk is what supports the heavy weight of the tree's branches, and usually, the appearance of mold and cracks can be an indication of a tree's fading health. 

Up in the Canopy 

One of the easiest signs of a decaying tree to spot is the condition of its canopy. Dead branches and leaves that are constantly falling can even mean poor health or death. Either way, the best thing to do is to contact an expert to take a look. 

CJ’s Tree Service 

If you think one of the trees on your property might be a potential hazard, contact the experts at CJ’s Tree Service, and we’ll evaluate the situation. For more information on the services we offer, visit us online or give us a call today at 520-388-0094.

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