When you have large trees on your property, it is essential to identify and address potential hazards they can present, such as heavy dead limbs.
Trees with dead or cracked limbs can pose severe risks to people and property, especially during windy or stormy weather. The following signs tell you what to look for when assessing your trees and when you need to have professional assistance to take care of them.
Visible Splits or Cracks
If you notice a tree with visible splits or cracks on the limbs, be aware that this sign indicates possible weakness in the tree’s structural integrity. Issues such as diseases, storms, or deterioration from old age can create stress and cause trees to form cracked or split areas. If you see such signs, having the tree assessed by a professional arborist is essential to determine the right course of action to maintain the tree’s health and protect your family and home from fallen branches.
No Leaves or Foliage
Another easy “tell” for whether a tree limb is dead is the lack of foliage or leaves. Trees naturally shed their leaves during certain seasons, but dead limbs remain bare with no signs of life, even when the rest of the tree is fully leafed out. If you notice that a limb is consistently bare even when the rest of the tree is in full bloom, you may have a dead tree limb that requires removal before it falls on its own.
Fungus and Decay
Decaying wood and fungal growth are common signs of dead tree limbs. The limb becomes susceptible to rotting as it deteriorates, and the rotting accelerates when moisture and fungus are present. Keep an eye out for mushrooms, other fungi growths, or soft, spongy areas. Decay can hide inside dead limbs and spread to healthy areas of the tree, making it essential to remove the dead limb to protect and preserve the rest of the tree.
Leaning or Low-Hanging Limbs
Large, dead limbs that seem to hang at unnatural angles may barely be connected by a thin piece of wood or broken off the main trunk altogether, potentially posing an immediate hazard. The branch’s connection could fail suddenly, causing the large, heavy limb to fall on a car, house, or worse. It is vital to seek professional assistance immediately to remove the limb before it causes damage or injury.
Take Protective Action
You can take protective action by recognizing the warning signs of dead or diseased tree limbs and understanding the hazards they pose.
Hire the professionals at Nationwide Tree Service to trim dead limbs and perform other tree maintenance, thereby beautifying your Pasadena, MD yard, keeping your trees healthy, and protecting your loved ones and home.