So, you have leaning tree in your backyard. Its roots are starting to penetrate the top of the soil and the bark looks like it’s cracking down one side. The tree looks as if it could fall on to your home, right into your living room, if the right storm came through. You ask, what should you do?
The answer is simple: Call an arborist.
Any tree that looks suspicious or is causing you concern needs to be checked over by a professional immediately. Trees, like brick houses, can fall down at any point if there is a problem with their structure. The trick is knowing how to spot a problem before it gets too far.
Here are a few signs that your tree is in danger.
Dead or broken hanging branches
A fallen branch can cause serious damage to its surrounds if not properly taken care of. Imagine a big wind coming through and knocking the branch down on your car overnight – it wouldn’t be a nice scene to wake up to, that’s for sure. Any branch that’s more than two inches in diameter and looks damages or dead, must be removed immediately.
A leaning tree
Now, we’re not talking about a little tilt, but more when a tree is showing signs of falling on its side and perhaps the roots are exposed at its base. This is one of the most obvious signs that your tree is ready to join the after life.
More than one trunk
If your tree has multiple trunks than it could be very weak and already showing signs of cracks or splits. It also means the trunk can separate during extremely windy nights or a severe Queensland summer storm.
Does your tree have cavities, cankers, mushrooms or conks growing on it? All may be fine but these are indications that your tree needs a risk assessment by a professional arborist.
It’s well known that many tree problems start at the root – hence the saying, “the root of the concern”. Broken roots or visible damage to the base of the trunk could be signs your tree could use an expert’s help.
If you have any questions, the team at Fence and Garden here on the Sunshine Coast can offer our expert opinion on your troubling tree, and advise the best course of action, whether that be trimming or completely remove the tree.