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.