A Tree Surgeons Guide to Dangerous Trees

Tree Surgeons

As tree surgeons, we are often called in to deal with ‘dangerous’ trees – but what does a dangerous tree mean? Read on to find out more about when a tree is considered dangerous and how you can keep your trees safe.

In many cases when we are called in to do tree removal, the tree is not actually dangerous at all. It is either growing in a different way to what the customer expected, or it is a different species of tree that they have not come across before. Some of the warning signs that people often mistake for signs that a tree is dangerous, actually don’t mean that at all. Let’s take a look at some of the common signs of a dangerous tree and see whether they are really dangerous or not:

Cracked Branches or Trunk

If your tree has significant cracks in its branches or trunk then this could be a sign that the tree isn’t as healthy as it should be. Some cracks can happen naturally as a reaction to the change in season and therefore temperatures, or they may be a species of tree that has naturally thin bark which will crack over time.

One of the main reasons why cracks may appear in your tree may be due to a lack of proper care for the tree in the past, or construction or landscaping taking place in the surrounding area. Most of the time, cracked branches or trunks don’t mean that the tree is dangerous, it just means that there are internal issues within the tree that need to be addressed.

Cracked Base or Raised Soil

Another common worry of many customers is spotting that the soil around the base of the tree is cracked, damaged or raised. This is definitely a sign that the tree is dangerous, as it usually indicates that the roots are not grounded well enough to stabilise the tree, and so urgent action needs to be taken.  The roots do not necessarily have to be deep in the ground, but they do need to be able to spread enough to get the most nutrients possible.

Weather Damage

Trees are obviously exposed to all sorts of weather and can be home to many animals including squirrels, and so minor damage is to be expected. You may see the dead wood from animal habitats, damage from fungal infections, and other weather damage.

These are some of the signs to look out for, but the best thing to do if you at all worried is to get in touch with Bark and Branch tree services Manchester and we will cast a professional eye over it.