Tree Hazard Inspections

Miller’s Tree Service offers hazardous tree management services to help avoid risk of physical injury and/or property damage. A hazardous tree is one with structural defects that cause failure of all or part of the tree. Spotting a hazard tree on your premises, however, requires a trained eye. Our certified arborists will conduct regular inspections and determine the best resources for efficient hazard tree management.

There are several physical signs that Miller’s Tree Service professionals recognize to determine whether a tree is hazardous. These include:

Dead Wood is often dry and brittle and cannot bend in the wind. It is unpredictable and can break and fall at any time, making it extremely dangerous.

Cracks i.e. deep splits that extend through the bark into the wood. They are an indication that the tree is already failing.

Weak Branch Unions are places where branches are not strongly attached to the tree. Decay like soft or crumbly wood or a cavity where the wood is missing can pose a serious hazard. Growth of mushrooms, conks and brackets growing on root flares, stems or branches are key indicators of advanced decay.

Cankers are caused by wounding or disease. A canker is a localized area on the stem or branch of a tree, where the bark is sunken or missing. The presence of a canker increases the chance of the stem breaking near the canker.

Root Problems Trees with root problems are likely to blow over and fall without warning in strong winds. Soil mounding, twig dieback, dead wood in the crown and discolored or smaller than normal leaves are symptoms often associated with root problems. As most defective roots are underground and out of sight, above ground symptoms serve as the best warning.

Poor Tree Architecture are trees with strange shapes or leaning trees indicating weakness or structural defects and imbalance. Poor architecture often arises after many years of damage from storms, unusual growing conditions, improper pruning, topping and other damage.

Multiple defects indicate that a tree is extremely hazardous and must be dealt with immediately.  Contact us now.