How To Identify Early Signs of Tree Failure

by / Wednesday, 13 July 2022 / Published in Blog

A Tree Service in San Jose knows that the failing tree could become a decaying tree. A decaying tree could prove to be a danger to both structures and people in the general area.

Possible location of tree’s failing section

• The tree’s roots
• The tree’s trunk
• The canopy of branches

Signs of failure that should prove easy to spot

The tree’s trunk is leaning to one side. That sends a signal about a potential danger. Strong winds might have enough force to topple the leaning structure. Some of the limbs contain a crack. Cracked limbs tend to produce brittle branches while bark is missing from the trunk in several different spots.

A decrease in the amount of leafy growth on the tree’s branches: That might be accompanied by the appearance of brittle branches from a failing limb. That same limb might one day crack, and fall onto whatever happens to be beneath it.

Lifted roots: that would be a sign of root rot. That indicates that a tree’s ability to remain upright has been compromised, because: that same plant’s roots have become rotted.

Signs of failure that could prove harder to spot

Rotting section inside of trunk: A bird or other small animal might discover such a section, and use it as a shelter.
Signs that a wood-boring pest is present; sawdust on the ground would be a sure sign that a wood-boring pest has taken up residence in the examined tree.

Signs of a fungal infection

—Mushrooms: Not all mushrooms have a link to a fungal infection. For that reason, a smart homeowner should contact an arborist, after finding mushrooms that are growing in the area of a tree’s roots.
—Other trees in the area start displaying the same symptoms.
—A cavity within the tree’s structure, normally the trunk

Homeowners with an uncaring attitude could end up facing one of the following situations:

A limb that has failed breaks during a storm and falls onto a section of the family’s residence.

A leaning tree eventually topples over and falls onto a driveway or a part of the street.

A colony of bees has chosen to establish a hive in the rotting section of a tree. As a result, no one feels comfortable in the region close to that hive. In other words, the home’s yard has lost its appeal.

The toppling of a tall plant with a lovely canopy creates a yard with a stump. A stump could prove a danger to others, especially if young children were able to play in the vicinity of that unsightly structure. Moreover, the stump’s presence could reduce the property’s value, if the owners were to decide to move, and, thus, put that same property on the market.

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