Hazard trees take many forms and can include obvious external signs such as decay or electrical wires tangled in fallen brush. A trained arborist is constantly looking for signs of hazards in trees and as part of a routine visit to your property a general inspection is always conducted. Tyler uses a systematic approach to evaluate your trees; assessing the tree as a whole, then inspecting the trunk and root zone.
Not all the symptoms of hazard trees can be listed, but might exhibit signs such as large dead branches, codominant stems (2 or more stems competing against one another), excessive lean, cracks/splits in trunk, decay and discoloration on any part of the tree. Mulch or other substances at the base of the tree can mask underground decay, but usually symptoms of root problems are obvious from a declining crown. Storms can damage trees and create special hazards, making it especially important to have a professional come out for an inspection afterwards.
Managing the risk from hazard trees is commonly solved by tree removal. As a good rule, you should have a recently dead tree removed within 6 months, especially in the case of decay prone pine trees.
Trees can and do recover from decay or storm damage, monitoring the trees combined with good management such as proper irrigation (link to previous blog) will mitigate risks. Risk mitigation techniques or removal decisions are best handled by the professionals at Willis Timberworks, keeping your property and person safe is their absolute priority.