Trees: Tree Hazard Prevention
What is a hazard tree?
When determining whether a tree is hazardous,consider the following:
- Inspecting a tree?
- Differences in species.
- The tree's history.
- Determine if the tree is dead or dying.
- Check for dead branches.
- Check for branches that cross or rub.
- Determine the tree's vigor.
- Watch for forked trunks.
- Look for tree balance.
- Look for signs of decay.
- Examine wounds and cracks.
- Look for root decay.
Preventing Hazard Trees
- Inspect your trees several times each year.
- Avoid planting brittle species in places where falling limbs pose a risk to people or property.
- Prune open grown trees when they are young, and regularly thereafter. Use correct pruning techniques.
- Don't allow trees to be topped.
- Plant the right tree in the right place.
- Water deeply during dry periods, slowly applying at least 1" of water.
- During any construction protect the roots.
- Do not plant trees with narrowly forked stems.
- A healthy vigorous tree that is well cared for is less likely to become a hazard. Prevention is the best solution to the tree hazard problem.