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Property owners are responsible for maintaining tree safety on their landscape. While there is no such thing as a “safe” tree, regular maintenance and care can help identify tree hazards before there’s trouble.

Here are some risk factors to monitor when assessing the safety of your trees:

  1. Age – Older trees pose more risks than new younger species, so keep an eye on mature trees.
  2. Tree shape – A tree’s shape can determine if it’s structurally sound. Strong storms and poor pruning techniques can alter a tree’s growth and overall architecture.
  3. Leaning –Cracked soil and exposed roots at the tree’s base is a sign that the tree is in danger of collapse.
  4. Poor planting techniques – A tree planted too deeply or too shallow, the soil conditions are poor, or the planting hole is too small, won’t allow for normal, healthy tree growth.
  5. Neglect and accidental injury – Construction equipment, changes in the soil grade or runoff in the soil. Wires, cables, or other objects attached to trees. Lawn mowers, weed whackers, and pets can damage tree bark.

Our certified arborists at American Tree Experts can manage and reduce tree risk. If you spot a tree hazard, contact us for a consultation.

“Walnut tree fallen on house west side (7)” flickr photo by DogLovr shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license