5 Ways To Spot a Hazardous Tree!

September 16, 2015 - 4 min read

No garden is complete without at least a few tranquil, shady trees. However, it only takes a split second for a fallen tree or broken branch to wreak havoc on your property. It’s much better to be safe than sorry this storm season, so we’ve prepared a few things to look out for when identifying […]

No garden is complete without at least a few tranquil, shady trees. However, it only takes a split second for a fallen tree or broken branch to wreak havoc on your property. It’s much better to be safe than sorry this storm season, so we’ve prepared a few things to look out for when identifying a potentially hazardous tree.


Fungal Growth

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If you notice mushrooms growing out of or near the trunk of your tree, this may be a sign of decay. You can often tell how serious the rot is by the amount of fungi growth that is visible. However, if you see dead sections on your tree trunk with no bark, this may also indicate a fungal attack.

Your local arborist will accurately diagnose the health of your trees, and advise you on the best way to proceed. You can find a list of Emerald Arborists on LocalSearch.


Holes & Cracks in the Tree Trunk

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Most trees will have some kind of hollow or minor cracks. However, if you can see that the cavities are quite deep and extensive, a dangerous break may be fast approaching. The presence of insects can often worsen cracks and cavities.

It’s also a good idea to check if weeds or ivy at the base of your tree is hiding any holes or other warning signs. If you have any concerns about the state of your trees, your local Emerald arborist or property maintenance expert will give you peace of mind.


Broken, Dead & Hanging Branches

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To prevent a dead or damaged branch from turning into a dangerous missile, it’s vital to spot the warning signs. Branches with stripped bark, brown leaves or no leaves at all, should be inspected and removed by a trained professional as soon as possible.

This is also the case for broken limbs that are hanging among other branches. It’s important to remember that perfectly healthy branches can turn into hazards in the event of foul weather.

If you notice tree branches hanging too close to your house or local power lines, be sure to call your local Emerald tree trimmer ASAP. Doing this will save you a lot of money and prevent a lot of frustration.


Digging and/or Construction Work Near the Base of the Tree

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If you have recently been building or digging in your front or backyard, it is important to make sure your tree roots haven’t been damaged.

If the earth around one of your trees has been disturbed, the tree is much more likely to fall during a storm. Fortunately, your local Emerald arborist will be able to inspect your tree and accurately diagnose any issues that need taking care of.


Root Rot 

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There are two kinds of tree roots: the larger anchoring roots that keep your tree in place, and the smaller absorbing roots that draw nutrients and moisture from the soil. Though your tree may appear to be healthy and flourishing, your anchoring roots may well be decaying, as the rot will likely not affect the absorbing roots. Only a minor disturbance to a tree with decaying anchor roots can cause it to completely collapse!

Signs of rotting anchor roots include raised soil near the tree (which can point to uprooting), cracks, hollows and fungal growth.

If you have any suspicions of root rot, be sure to call your local Emerald arborist. They will diagnose the problem and advise you whether or not the tree needs to be completely removed.


With storm season fast approaching, it’s important to make sure your property is free of problem trees. Call these local Emerald tree and stump removal professionals and breathe easier!


Highlands Landscaping & Maintenance

Phone: (07) 4930 2121

Servicing: The Central Highlands & Surrounding Areas

The Emerald tree removal experts at Highlands Landscaping & Maintenance will keep your outdoor areas looking their best! They have been proudly serving the Emerald community since 1986, and they guarantee the highest standard of customer service.

In addition to tree lopping and property maintenance, Highlands Landscaping & Maintenance offer:

  • Vegetation Control
  • Gardening
  • Building site cleans & much more!

Highlands Landscaping & Maintenance provide services for commercial, residential and government clients. You can find them on LocalSearch.


Beehive Property Maintenance

Phone: (07) 4982 2990

Servicing: Emerald, Blackwater

For all your Emerald tree lopping, rural property slashing and general handyman needs, be sure to give Beehive Property Maintenance a buzz. Their reliable team will get your property looking its best at a very competitive rate.

Apart from tree removal, Beehive Property Maintenance can provide:

  • High pressure cleaning
  • Skip bin hire
  • Irrigation & much more

When you choose Beehive Property Maintenance, you can count on a job well done. You can find them on LocalSearch.


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