Trees truly are among the million treasures of this world. By simply seeing it makes you feel revived particularly when they’re around your home. Yet, although they seem solid, they are not excused to diseases. The diseases that won’t only ruin them but will also hamper the health of the people. While tree failures are often unpredictable, actions is possible to prevent them. To correct potential issues before they occur, you must examine your trees for the signs.
a) Weak branch unions. Make sure you check where the branches meet the trunk of the tree, known as unions, to be especially sure there is no damage there. Examine just how the branches seem to be linked to the tree, as weak unions don’t have any integrity and the branches may come falling down. Check out all of the branches and leaves, simply because the crown of the tree is good, does not always mean the rest of the tree is.
b) Lean. Even though trees don’t always should grow upright, leaning trees might point to a problem. If you notice some exposed roots or cracked soil on the base of the tree, this might be a signal that it has started to lean.
c) Multiple leaders of trunks. Some of our big trees have multiple leaders or trunks. This can be a potential sign of weak structural support for the tree because this could allow breaking down the center. In case you have come across such, make certain that tie before losing one.
d) Hanging Branches. They are branches that cracked or broke, or “healed” poorly and are hanging by a thread. There’s a chance it may be still alive or dead already. Arborists call these broken branches as hangers. In many instances, they must be taken out however if you’re in doubt, you can refer to a professional arborist.
e) Dead wood. There is nothing much that you can do with a dead tree other than having it removed immediately. Dead trees and branches are wobbly that could fall anytime. Dead wood is dry, brittle and simply breaks as it cannot bend when the wind blows just like a living tree.
f) Decay. Inspect trunks and branches for peeling bark, hollow cavities or mushroom and fungi growth on the bark. Presence of such might be a sign of decay, specifically if the origin of the growth comes from within the wood rather than the extremity of the bark only. Your decision whether to preserve the tree will depend on your arborists.
g) Cankers. Cankers are generally brought on by wounding or disease. They are hollow areas on the branch or stem in which the bark should be. A canker that grows more than half of a tree’s circumference can cause failure even if your exposed wood areas appear okay.