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Stay Safe: Spotting Hazardous Trees Before They Cause Damage

Trees are amazing, but sometimes they can pose risks if they're unhealthy or growing in the wrong place. Here's a guide with five ways for spotting hazardous trees.

  1. Leaning Trees: If you're strolling around beautiful Ocala and spot a tree that's leaning more than its neighbors, you might have a problem on your hands. Trees usually aim for the sky straight and tall, so a lean could suggest a weak root system or structural problems. If you see a tree doing more leaning than growing, it's time to call in the experts at Joe's Tree Service, Ocala's trusted tree care professionals.

  2. Cracked or Damaged Trunks: Keep an eye out for cracks, splits, or wounds on the trunk of a tree. These can be signs of damage or decay. A tree with a compromised trunk may become unstable and more prone to falling, especially during Florida's famously strong winds or summer storms.

  3. Dead or Dying Branches: Next time you're enjoying the shade, take a moment to look up. Are there any branches that are bare, brittle, or lacking leaves when the rest of the tree is thriving? These dead or dying branches, also known as "snags," can fall unexpectedly, posing a danger to people or property below.

  4. Fungal Growth and Cankers: Keep an eye out for unusual growths or mushrooms at the base or on the trunk of a tree. Fungi can indicate decay or disease, which weakens the tree's structure. Additionally, if you spot areas on the trunk where the bark is missing or damaged, known as cankers, it might be a sign of underlying issues.

  5. Root Problems: While it's challenging to see the roots of a tree, certain signs can indicate potential root problems. Look for heaving soil around the base of a tree or exposed roots that are decaying or damaged. These signs might suggest an unstable root system, which could lead to the tree toppling over in severe weather. If you suspect root problems, consult a certified arborist to assess the situation.

In Ocala, tree service is serious business, and Joe's Tree Service is your go-to expert for tree care. If you suspect any of these issues with your trees, give us a shout.


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