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Trees can provide you with shade and boost your property value, but having hazardous trees on and around your property can put you and your home at risk. Since the Atlanta area can get hit with severe weather during the late winter months, it’s important to know how to spot trees that might need to come down before storms hit.

Physical Signs of Hazardous Trees

Trees that are unhealthy and possibly hazardous typically show it through one or more physical signs. When checking the trees on your property, look for the following indicators that they might be a danger this winter:

  • Dead branches: These branches are usually bare or have brown leaves. On pine trees, look for branches with brown needles. Since it can be hard to determine whether your trees have dead branches during winter, consider having a professional inspect them. When these branches are left on trees, they can fall during wind or ice storms.
  • Cracks in the trunk: Cracks or split wood in a tree’s trunk don’t always indicate that it should be removed, but it’s important to have the tree’s overall stability evaluated. Cracks can develop in sick trees from insects or fungus, which can raise the risk of them becoming hazards during severe weather.
  • More than one stem: Some trees develop multiple stems, which increases potential points of weakness. These stems can become separated due to high winds, making it important to have them inspected. If the tree is healthy overall, cables can be put in place to ensure proper support and stability for the stems.
  • Trunk decay: A decayed trunk can pose a serious risk of having a tree topple over during a storm. Check for signs of decay, such as mushrooms or other fungus on the trunk or near it.
  • Root problems: Trees can easily fall over when they have problems with their roots. In some cases, trees with root problems lean slightly. Look for evidence of root problems, such as soil that is raised on the opposite side of a leaning tree.

Determining Risk Levels

When you have trees that show signs of decay or other problems, you’ll need to assess their risk level. Trees with a few dead branches might not need to come down once these branches are removed, but trees with more widespread or severe problems usually need to be cut down for safety reasons. Professional tree experts can inspect any potentially hazardous trees on your property and determine if their risk of causing harm can be minimized or if they need to come down.

If you have dangerous trees on your property, Yellow Ribbon Tree experts can safely remove them before they cause any harm.