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Beware Of These Tree Dangers

Owning a tree comes with a myriad of benefits and long-term advantages, such as much-needed shade, beauty, privacy, cleaner air, and reduced cooling and energy costs. However, not all trees grow up to be beautiful and safe additions to a property. Unfortunately, some trees grow in such a way that nearby buildings, structures, and even people are at risk of damage or injury. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at three key tree dangers that residential property owners should look for in order to avoid potential damages, injuries, or major disasters.

Incorrect Growth

When a young tree is not pruned correctly, the end result can sometimes be a tree that grows upwards and outwards with two separate trunks, called co-dominant tree trunks. They have the appearance of conjoined trees, with two or more large trunks flaring out. These trees pose a danger to nearby property because the lateral branches have difficulty supporting the weight of the rest of the tree branches. The slightest stress from icy precipitation or a heavy thunderstorm can cause major breaks, damages and personal injuries. In addition, some trees are excessively pruned, leading to uneven growth as the tree matures. Uneven branch and trunk growth can also add stress to the tree’s structure, leading to poor stability and a greater likelihood for tree breaks.

Trees Too Close To Power Lines

Although Houston is a city full of large, beautiful shade trees, a substantial number of them have been planted in poor locations. Specifically, a large number of trees in Houston are growing in very close proximity to power lines and utility poles, jeopardizing both the tree’s health and nearby property. Trees that grow too close to power lines pose a higher risk of electrocution or tree fires when the branches and limbs come into contact with live wires. These trees are much harder to safely prune, and property owners that attempt it on their own often put their lives in danger. Also, these trees threaten the safety of entire neighborhoods because there is a greater chance for large-scale power outages caused by broken limbs or fallen trees. Some neighborhoods may be out of power for several days or even weeks when trees damage nearby power lines or utility poles.

Diseased Trees

Trees can fall victim to any number of tree diseases, weakening their immune system and overall stability. Common tree diseases found in the Houston area include anthracnose fungus, oak leaf blister, hypoxylon canker, and oak wilt. Diseased trees are dangerous trees, since their weakened state and instability can lead to trunk or limb failure, especially during adverse weather conditions. In addition, one diseased tree can jeopardize the health and stability of all other trees in the near vicinity, decimating the beauty, health, and value of a residential property.

Trees are important assets to any tract of land in the Houston area, so it is important to have all trees regularly inspected and maintained by a Certified Arborist to ensure that a tree’s warning signs are not overlooked. Embark Services is pleased to offer exceptional tree care services to Houston residential property owners. Our team of Certified Arborists and Landscape Professionals will ensure your trees remain healthy, strong, vibrant, and beautiful for years to come. We offer tree planting, tree removal, deep root fertilization, tree disease and insect treatment, irrigation installation, soil analysis and soil aeration, and cabling and bracing services. Contact Embark Services today for more information, or go online to request a free consultation today!