Seven Signs That A Tree In Your Yard May Be Unstable

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Seven Signs That A Tree In Your Yard May Be Unstable

1 May 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Timely tree removal is of vital importance because it protects both your household and neighbors from dangerous hazards. You need to know how to recognize a problem tree so that you call tree removal experts in time to maintain safety around your home.

The following are seven signs that a tree in your yard may be unstable. If you see any of these signs, it's time to start thinking about calling an expert, like those at Stritar Construction & Tree Service, to take down your problem tree.

There are deep cracks in the tree trunk.

Cracks could start to form in a tree trunk over time as a dead tree decays. If you notice cracking or splitting in the trunk of a tree, it will likely worsen over time until the entire tree or part of the tree falls down. Tree removal is especially important if cracks are forming in the trunk or if you notice that the inside of the trunk is becoming hollow. 

Deep crevasses or heaving soil have developed in the area around the tree.

The ground surrounding a tree can be a better indicator of instability in a tree than the tree itself. Heaving or the formation of crevasses in the soil can indicate that the roots are being pulled up and the tree may be starting to tip. 

The tree canopy or trunk shows signs of decay.

If a tree has stopped forming buds and leaves every spring, the tree is dying or dead. Over time, it will begin to decay. If you notice that there are no leaves forming in the canopy and signs of decay like fungal growth are appearing on the trunk, the tree is becoming increasingly unstable.

Many branches have recently fallen to the ground.

While a few branches on the ground each year are normal around a large tree, a tree is probably unstable if the number of fallen branches has increased significantly and suddenly. 

The tree is heavily leaning to one side.

Trees can begin to lean for a variety of reasons. They may lean because of storm damage, general aging, root damage. A tree that continues to lean more severely over time will eventually collapse.

There is a large hole in the trunk of the tree.

Cavities can develop in tree trunks if a tree looses a branch in an attempt to prune itself. This can lead to stability issues if the resulting cavity grows too large.

The tree has grown large with a trunk that splits into two stems very low on the tree.

Trees with trunks that have formed two stems are inherently more unstable than trees with one trunk. Such trees become increasingly unstable as they grow larger. It's a good idea to remove two-stemmed trees before they grow too large.