Knowing whether or not you have a hazard tree is obviously very important, and ignoring the signs of a possible hazard tree can literally be a matter of life and death! Hazard trees, for the most part, are not really a concern until almighty Mother Nature decides to churn up the action. When one of our notorious summer storms comes rolling through, these “hazards” can become “weapons.” So if not properly dealt with ahead of time, you might be putting your property or family in danger.
The trees that surround us are essential for comfort and life. They produce much of the oxygen that we need to breathe and they do other things too such as providing shade, wind protection and beautifying landscapes. When you take a close look at how each tree functions you realize they are truly a gift from God.
At some point in their growth, trees may lose some of their appeal. They can become ill, unsightly and pose a threat to both people and property. When an individual tree gets to this point it no longer benefits its owner but then becomes a liability. Sometimes tree weaknesses are not obvious and only become exposed after an event such as a strong storm.
It does not take a trained arborist to spot the more obvious signs that a tree has the potential to become a hazard. Here are some of those signs: