If it’s not already part of your annual home maintenance check-list, consider adding annual tree inspections to your list. A simple walk through the yard may lead you to discover that your trees have signs of disease, decay or structural problems.

 

How to Inspect Your Trees

So, how should you inspect your trees for problems? Start by looking at the overall condition of the tree. Trees that are sick usually have off-color leaves or red pine needles. In the winter, dead branches are usually very visible. Use binoculars to look at the high branches and try to spot any broken limbs or weak branch unions, which means the limbs are ready to fall at any time.

 

The Tree Hazard Clues to Look For

As you review the trees in your yard, look for these defects in your trees. They indicate a major safety hazard and may require a tree care specialist to take a closer look.

Weak Branch Unions
Check how well the branches appear to be attached to the tree, as weak unions have no integrity and the branches may come falling down. This is a common issue with elm and maple trees.

Cracked Bark
If your tree has bark that’s starting to crack, this is a sign that the tree is sick or dying. If you notice two or more cracks in the same spot or very deep cracking, call a tree care professional for a closer look

Tree Cankers
These sunken spots in the bark or areas where the bark is completely missing may indicate a wound or some other sign of disease.

Strange Shapes
Does your tree have a weird shape that seems poorly formed? These trees may require removal because they lack structural integrity.

Decay 
Serious decay is a problem and you can usually spot it if there are mushrooms growing on your tree or right at the base.

Dead Branches
Dead wood is unpredictable and very brittle. Strong winds or a storm can easily send these branches crashing down onto your family or your home. Tree trimming is necessary to remove these hazards.

 

Inspect Your Trees After Storms, Too

You’ll also need to check the trees after each severe storm, as large trees can easily fall if their anchor roots are damaged or the ground becomes too soaked. If you catch the problem in time, a reliable tree service company can remove it before serious damage occurs.

 

Call Axemen for Annual Tree Inspections and More

Call Axemen for annual tree inspections and moreIf you haven’t performed annual tree inspections in the last few years, call Axemen Tree Service for a professional review of your trees. Axemen brings quality tree care service to your GA home. We are your tree service experts serving Woodstock, Marietta, East Cobb and Roswell.

 

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