Inspecting A Tree To Determine It’s Health
Looking At Branches
Usually the first thing people notice when a trees health begins to decline is dead branches. The odd branch here and there is ok as long as they are smaller in size. If you see a large limb that has died then you should contact a qualified arborist as soon as possible to have the tree inspected and the limb removed safely regardless of the overall health of the tree. If you notice more than a quarter of a trees branches are dead then it is more than likely time for the tree to come down.
Checking The Trunk
When looking under the bark of a tree the trunk should be smooth and feature no cracks or seams. If you see cracks on a trunk there is a good chance decay is underway as rot starts to develop. You may notice parts of the trunk seem hollow and if this is the case your next step is to contact an arborist to carry out further inspection.
Looking At The Base
It makes the most sense that inspecting the part of the tree that holds it in place is paramount to insuring your trees health and assessing the risk it may pose. A telltale sign that your tree could be in trouble is the appearance of fungi at the base and root structure. When a tree begins to rot and decay it becomes an ideal environment for fungi to thrive. Branches growing from the base of the tree are also a sign of great stress and can be another indicator that the tree is experiencing difficulties.
If you suspect a tree in your yard is in ill health then you can use some of the tips above to get a better idea of what is going on. The best solution to finding the correct course of action is to contact a qualified arborist like AllRound Tree Services to carry out an onsite inspection and determine what measures you need to take based on years of experience.