You should inspect all trees on your property every year. Tree inspections can be done at any time of year, leaf-on or leaf-off. However, to be thorough, it’s best to inspect trees after leaf drop in fall, after leaf-out in spring, and routinely after severe storms. Inspecting your trees is an ongoing process that will help you catch any potential problems before they become unsafe or untreatable.
Inspect trees carefully and systematically. Examine all parts of the tree, including the roots, root or trunk flare, main stem, branches, and branch unions. Be sure to examine all sides of the tree. Use a pair of binoculars to see branches high off the ground.
Consider the following factors when inspecting trees:
Trees in poor condition may have many dead twigs, dead branches, or small, off-color leaves.
Trees in good condition will have full crowns, vigorous branches, and healthy, full-sized leaves; however, green foliage in the crown does not ensure that a tree is safe. Tree trunks and branches can be quite defective and still support a lush green crown.
Certain tree species are prone to specific types of defects. For example, some species of maple and ash in the Northeast often form weak branch unions, and aspen is prone to breakage at a young age (50-70 years) due to a variety of factors, including decay and cankers.
Tree Age and Size
Trees are living organisms subject to constant stress. Pay particular attention to older trees, which may have accumulated multiple defects and extensive decay.
For more information on identifying hazardous trees in your yard go to Barts Tree Service hazardous tree information page. If you’re unsure about the condition of any of your trees, feel free to give us a call at 203-240-1302 for a consult if you are in Danbury, CT or the surrounding area.