How to Tell When Your Tampa Tree is Damaged or Stressed

By • March 15th, 2011

The humble tree ranks among the most useful and salient of living organisms on this planet. Often however, owners do not realize that their tree is damaged or stressed—calling in the professionals only when it is far too late. Knowing when to call an arborist or tree removal service can save you a lot of money and stress in the long run, and it is as easy as picking up the phone.

Regular inspection and assessment by a professional tree service goes a long way in preventing future heart-ache and massive dents to the checkbook. A hazard check could be a simple visual inspection or instruments may be used to check for things like decay. If a hazard is found, this sometimes can be reduced or even eliminated—for example by removing an unsafe limb, pruning, or adding structural supports.

Recent construction or environmental changes around your tree are typical culprits in tree damage and stress. There could be physical injuries to the trunk and crown of the tree, or living branches are broken or split by carelessness. Disturbing the root zone is another common factor in tree damage—for example compacting soil, excavating or paving over areas too close to the root zone.

Some beginning signs of problems are cracks and splits in trees—typically occurring where a branch joins the trunk—these are structural defects that will only get worse as the tree ages. If the tree has been physically damaged in any way, whether from the lawnmower or a pruning cut, you should monitor that damage to check for signs of healing—if the wound heals completely you should be fine, but if the wound fails to heal this may be a sign the tree is starting to rot from the inside.

The biggest hazards tend to occur with hollow trees, which are sometimes difficult to spot since hollow trees can live for decades, then come crashing down without warning. If you see holes or hollows in the tree trunk, this could mean that you have a hollow tree. If your tree is tilting—especially if the roots are rising on the opposite side—then you should call a tree removal service immediately.

If there is any doubt about the structural integrity of your tree—it is time to call a professional tree removal service. Call us now for a free estimate. We service all areas of Tampa Bay including Brandon, Riverview, Temple Terrace, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, and Wesley Chapel.

 

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