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Tacoma Tree Removal: How to Identify Hazardous Trees

December 18, 2019

As a homeowner in the Tacoma area, it is likely that a tree falling on your home or a passerby is one of the last things that you are concerned with. After all, it is painfully obvious when a tree is about to fall, right?

Sadly, it is not always obvious that a tree is likely to topple. In fact, it is not uncommon for a tree to appear completely healthy until the moment that it becomes a hazard — if you aren’t always looking at your trees with a critical eye, that is.

At Apex Tree Experts, we offer high-quality tree removal services for homeowners in the Tacoma area with hazardous trees on their property. That said, tree removal is not always necessary. If you identify issues with the health of your tree early on, a quick call to our Tacoma tree removal team could result in a smaller, less-intrusive project that doesn’t result in full tree loss. 

Below, we have listed some of the most obvious signs of tree stress and damages that might cause the tree to become a hazard. If you have any questions about our Tacoma tree removal blog, we urge you to contact us today.

How to identify a hazardous tree.

Identifying Issues in the Canopy

When you are trying to assess the general welfare of a tree on your property, the best place to look is at the canopy. The canopy of a tree refers to the uppermost branches and leaves of the tree.

When a tree is developing damages, the canopy is one of the first places to show it. Leaves on the crown of the tree might wither and turn brown or they might fall off entirely. Either way, this suggests that something is inhibiting the natural process of growth. 

If the leaves of your tree are beginning to wither, there is more that you can do to investigate further. Carefully inspect the tree branches, more specifically the load-bearing branches, for cracks, fissures, and divisions. If the branch is beginning to crack, its structural integrity has been compromised and the tree has become a fall risk. 

Identifying Issues in the Trunk

When you look at a tree, it is immediately apparent why the trunk is so large. After all, the trunk is responsible for supporting the top-heavy weight of the tree. Because of this, trunk damages can cause an increased fall hazard on your Tacoma property. 

Tree trunks can become damaged in a number of ways. Sometimes it is a lightning strike that hollows out the core of the tree, sometimes it is a result of a trauma or impact, and sometimes the trunk simply begins to rot. That said, all ways result in an increased, unnecessary fall-risk. 

By inspecting your tree trunks for signs of damage, signs of infestation, and signs of rot, you can quickly determine whether or not your trees are at risk of falling — damaging your home or whatever else might be in the fall path. 

Identifying Issues in the Roots

Oftentimes, as a homeowner you might have difficulties identifying issues with the root systems of trees in your yard — after all, most of the root system is subterranean.n That said, you might be able to identify issues in the roots that have made their way to the surface. 

The most obvious sign of a root hazard is when a root is coming in contact with your home, driveway, or deck. Roots, while seemingly harmless, can grow through concrete — breaking apart the structure as they pass through. It is not uncommon for roots to damage sidewalks, deck piles, and foundations — not to mention that they also tripping hazards. 

If you notice that your tree has a large number of roots that have been growing closer and closer to the surface of the ground, it could be a sign that your tree is incredibly damaged. If more than 25% of the roots migrate upwards, it could mean that your tree is not stable and could topple over during the next wind event. 

Contact Apex Tree Experts Today!

At Apex Tree Experts, we specialize in Tacoma tree care services like tree removal, pruning, shaping, and more.. That said, it is always our first priority to save as much of the damaged or hazardous tree as we can — and the sooner that you can identify issues with your trees, the better chance we have of doing so.Contact us today to schedule a consultation and inspection for your Tacoma property.