We are all guilty of overlooking a small problem until it becomes something we can no longer ignore. When it comes to outside spaces, however, small problems can quickly escalate to become major health and safety concerns – especially where trees are concerned.
In this blog, we pick the brains of the specialists behind emergency tree services in Essex, to understand the main signs of tree damage and what clients need to look out for to safeguard their property and outside space.
Trees Have Large, Loose, And Overhanging Branches
This may seem like an obvious place to start, but we often find that the most damage is caused by trees which blow in the wind – causing entire branches to snap and fall onto the ground below. Trees which are left to grow at an unruly rate are often among the most dangerous, with regular tree maintenance advice involving pruning to keep all loose and overhanging branches in check.
As part of this, it’s also important to look for signs that a tree has started to fall – as if left unattended, fallen trees can cause significant upheaval to local areas, to electricity connections, and more.
Trees Are Located Close To Overhead Electricity And Power Lines
If a tree is growing close to an electricity or power line, it can cause outages or interruptions in power and signal should any branches touch the lines. This is something which needs to be dealt with efficiently to minimise the chance of lasting damage either to the lines or to the tree, as it only takes one spark to start a fire which could spread at an alarming rate.
These kinds of trees are of particular concern during high winds or stormy conditions, with a professional tree surgeon required to deal with the emergency night or day.
Trees Appear Unhealthy
This can be a difficult one to pinpoint, as the signs of a diseased or decaying tree vary greatly depending on the type of tree and the specific issue.
As a general rule, if you come across or share a property with a tree which is shedding branches at a rapid rate, this can be a sign that something is going wrong on the inside. Other signs include discolouration in the leaves, a lack of leaves, early shedding, and notable damage to the bark.
Leaving this kind of issue can create a hazard if branches fall on passersby or onto a busy road, which is why we always recommend calling in our emergency tree surgeons to diagnose and deal with a dying or unhealthy tree.
What To Do Next
If any of these signs resonate with you or are familiar, don’t hesitate to reach out to our professional tree specialists and tree surgeons today. Our emergency team will be able to advise on what to do next and will be on site as quickly as possible.