Dangerous trees cause unfortunate damage, injuries, and sometimes death. It’s important to be able to identify dangerous trees so that they can be properly and safely removed. We’ve written a guide to identifying when a tree is dangerous, with things you can easily spot with your naked eye.

Where to start

Approaching this task by splitting the tree into different areas can make identifying anything that’s not right easier. First, the tree as a whole should be looked at from a distance. From this perspective, focus simply on how the whole tree looks, rather than any specific parts. Important things to check for are whether the tree is leaning particularly far in a certain direction, more so than normal if it normally leans a certain way; any large, dead branches; or any patches of dead or no leaves.

Look at the ground around the tree

The ground around the tree is the next area to look at, with focus on the visible roots and the first three feet or so of the trunk. Some indicators of dangerous trees you could see in this area are: cracked and raised soil, which is a sign of a tree uprooting; and fungus, which is an indicator of a rotten trunk or roots – a tree decaying at the roots is at a dangerous risk of falling over.

The trunk

The trunk as a whole is the third area to focus on, and should  be inspected thoroughly. The trunk is the source of many indications of a dangerous tree. Cavities, natural holes which form on the trunk, can be dangerous if they are too deep. Splits and cracks to the trunk can cause a tree to break apart or fall down. Any areas of missing bark are usually an indicator of a dead section, which could be a surface wound or an infection.

Branches and leaves

Finally, check the branches and leaves, making sure to check the whole length of the branches, from where they connect to the tree to the tips. Dead branches are the most obvious indicator of a dangerous tree from this area, and are the branches which have dying or no leaves, and if its been dead for a long time, no bark. These branches are dangerous as they can easily break and fall off, with the potential to do serious damage depending on their size.

Tree and Lawn services

If you’ve spotted any of these signs of a dangerous tree, then contact Tree and Lawn for professional help with removal. Our skilled team of tree surgeons, based in Colchester, have both the qualifications and experience to safely remove any dangerous trees, and they are all covered with public liability insurance so you can have peace of mind that everything is covered when we take care of trees on your property. To get help with a dangerous tree, get in touch today by calling us on 01206 243484 or sending us a message, or browse the rest of our comprehensive list of domestic and commercial landscaping services.