Denver Tree Company Shares Warning Signs of Trees About to Fall

March 11, 2020

You value the trees on your property. They provide you with shade and make your home’s exterior more eye-catching and appealing. While they can typically withstand the elements and survive for decades with minimal care and maintenance, they’re not invincible. Sometimes, trees can become unstable in the soil and when they do, you’re at an increased risk of the tree falling on your property. Your local Denver tree service can help you remove them, but you need to know what signs to watch for. Here are some of the most important ones to look for in your yard.

Cracks in the Trunk
When your tree is structurally sound and firmly rooted in the soil, the trunk is strong. Over time and as the stability shifts, the trunk can develop cracks. This is because the wood is under different strain and that strain puts pressure on the trunk, causing it to crack on the surface. 

Keep in mind that cracks don’t always mean your tree WILL fall. It just means that you need to get it inspected. There may be things your tree company can do to stabilize the tree. This will help keep the cracks from getting worse and gives the tree a chance to heal from the damage. Once it does, it will be stronger and better able to stand up to the new pressure.

Holes Around the Base of the Tree
Tree roots spread throughout the soil and rely on the soil’s structure to support the weight of the tree. When the soil isn’t there, the support structure becomes weaker. This increases the risk of the tree falling. 

Look for holes and disturbed soil around the base of the tree. These can be caused by erosion, insects, and even burrowing critters like prairie dogs, rabbits, and moles. If you see any holes or loose soil around your tree, contact your tree service as soon as possible. They’ll be able to assess the condition of the roots and find out if the holes pose a serious threat to your tree’s health.

Leaning or Lifting Out of the Soil 
Think about the trees you see around town. They’re almost always standing upright. Even if they’re twisted, the trunks still have upright portions. This tells you that the tree is strong and stable in the soil. But what happens if a tree on your property starts to lean over?

If you see your tree gradually shifting and developing a lean, it’s time to schedule an appointment. This means the roots are no longer secure in the soil or have become so damaged that they can’t support the weight of the tree. You may be able to save the tree and reestablish the roots’ integrity by installing supports around the main trunk. 

Insect Damage Around the Roots
Unfortunately, insects like termites and bark beetles can do serious damage to your trees. They burrow into the trunk and roots, creating serious weak points in the tree’s structure. If left untended, these insects can kill your tree completely, putting you at serious risk for broken limbs and falling trees on your property. 

Look for small holes in the bark and roots of your trees. If you see any, get the tree inspected as soon as you can. Ultimately, it may be too late to save the tree, but you can reduce the risk of damage to your property by getting the tree removed before it can fall.

Overly Saturated Soil 
The Denver metro area is still a desert. We get a fraction of the rain that other states see each year and when the monsoon season strikes, the soil around the Front Range gets overly saturated with water. It takes a long time for the soil to absorb that water, which poses a serious threat to the trees on your property. But sometimes, the saturation can happen just through issues with your home’s irrigation system. 

Take a look around your yard and see how the soil feels under your feet. If puddles pop up around your shoes as soon as you put your weight down, get your plants and trees inspected as soon as possible. The wetter the soil gets, the more trees can shift and the more likely they are to fall. 

Leaves Dropping Close to the Trunk
It’s normal to see trees dropping their leaves during the fall. But have you ever paid attention to how those leaves drop? They typically start on the outside of the tree and gradually drop layer by layer. This is normal and suggests that your trees are relatively healthy. So, what does it mean if the leaves start falling closer to the trunk instead of from the outer layers?

It’s a sign that something is wrong with the tree’s root system. When the roots are compromised, the integrity of the tree is at risk. It could be years before the tree falls on its own, but the sooner you deal with the problem, the better.

Dead Branches in the Canopy
Trees are remarkably skilled at extending their lives. When they’re threatened, they make themselves smaller by cutting off nutrients and water to certain limbs and branches. Once those limbs die, the tree has fewer areas to support, making it easier for the tree to recover from whatever’s posing a threat. Unfortunately, it can also indicate that the entire tree is dying and at-risk of falling. 

If you notice dead or dying limbs, get your tree looked at as soon as possible. The sooner the damage gets dealt with, the better off your trees will be and the easier it will be to save them.

Have You Noticed These Signs?
If you’ve seen any of these signs of damage around your trees, don’t wait. Contact us online or call (720) 299-1409 to schedule an appointment. At Bear Creek Tree Service, we want to help you keep your trees looking their best. We’re here whether you need routine tree trimming and pruning services or want an experienced pro to take care of a full tree removal. 
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