Trees are not only a beautiful addition to our property, but they also encourage a better environment and higher quality air. For these reasons, it’s important to keep your trees healthy for long-term growth and longevity. When trees are not pruned or fertilized, they can fall down injuring people and damaging property. To avoid damage to your property, make sure you’re aware of your tree’s overall health by performing a thorough tree inspection. A thorough tree inspection requires you to look at the 4 major “zones” of a tree.
Zone #1: The Overall Tree
When beginning to evaluate a tree’s overall health, it’s important to look at the tree as a whole. Is the tree leaning in one direction? Are there any dead branches? How is the tree’s leaf coverage (full, thin, patchy etc.)? A healthy tree will stand up straight and tall, and will not be leaning in one direction over another. In addition, some dead limbs on a tree are normal as a healthy tree shreds limbs it doesn’t need anymore. However, an abundance of dead limbs is a warning sign of a tree’s declining health. Lastly, if a tree’s leaf coverage is spotted, it could also be a sign of ill health and you should contact our Certified Arborist.
Zone #2: Ground Inspection
A tree is held up by an intense root system comprised of both structural roots and absorbing roots. Structural roots are few in number, can sometimes been visible, and keep the tree from falling over. On the other hand, absorbing roots are more in number, are deep within the tree’s root system, and work to gather the tree nutrients. When looking at the ground surrounding a tree, it’s important to note whether the tree’s structural roots are still in tact and holding up the tree properly. Without strong structural roots, the tree could fall over with a quick gust of wind. To check a tree’s structural roots, it’s best to look at the area at the base of the tree. If there’s cracked or raised soil this may be a sign of a structural root problem.
Zone #3: Trunk Inspection
A tree’s trunk is much like a human’s spine—it holds up the tree and supports the massive weight of its top half. For this reason, it’s important for a tree’s trunk to maintain in good health. When evaluating a tree’s truck for good health, look for places on the trunk where there’s missing bark or irregularities in the trunk’s pattern. These irregularities can be a sign of fungus, insect attack, or a lighting strike. If you spot any irregularities in the tree’s trunk, it’s best to get the opinion of our certified arborist right away.
Zone #4: Tree’s Canopy Inspection
When looking at the health of a tree’s canopy, the most common problem is dead or decaying branches. Trees naturally shed their branches when they aren’t getting enough sunlight. However, when they’re falling ill, branches tend to die off at a higher rate. It’s important to remove these dead branches, as they are a safety hazard to anyone near the tree. If you are unsure about which branches are decaying. Contact our Certified Arborists and they will be glad to a