Your Home and Exposure to Damages Caused by Trees

Evaluating Tree Defects and Overall Risk

I am asked to assess the risk trees present to homes and other personal property by homeowners on an everyday basis. People want to know which tree is going to come down in the next storm. People want to know which tree is healthy, and which tree is dangerous.

Wanting to know about any and all potential dangers to your home is a natural and healthy desire. As an arborist I explain to homeowners that no one knows which trees are going to come down and which trees will persevere through the next hurricane. However, with sound expertise, solid long-term experience, and a little common sense a good arborist can help you reduce the risk of storm damage with out over stretching the financial budget.

By having a qualified arborist evaluate tree defects and overall risk of all the relevant trees surrounding your home, you will be able to come up with a priority list. This list will allow you to spend your money on the optimal tree service plan. Dan’s Tree Service is dedicated to helping you make smart personal finance decisions by formulating a personalized tree care plan that considers your specified budget.

We can help you decide when you should consider a tree removal, and when pruning will be sufficient.

Know Which Tree Needs Attention First

All trees have the potential to fall and or partially fail by splitting or snapping in two. Given a long enough time period every tree will eventually end up dead and on the ground. Whether it falls in a violent storm or slowly decays and breaks apart piece by piece over decades every tree will come down naturally if left alone long enough. With this in mind, there are ways to evaluate reasonably accurate levels of risk a tree adds to a specific property. A trained eye can identify dangerous trees and their overall risk to the property of concern.

Contributing Factors and Variables of Tree Risk Exposure

To evaluate these risks arborists must consider many different factors. Below is a list I created to help understand all the different variables involved.

  • Size of the Crown or Canopy
  • Height of the Tree and Canopy
  • Species of Tree
  • Root Decay
  • Trunk Decay
  • Branch Decay
  • Cracks
  • Cankers
  • Girdling Roots
  • Trunk and Branch Unions
  • Dead, Broken, and Hanging Limbs
  • Leans
  • Other Tree Health Concerns
  • Typical Area Weather
  • Wind Direction
  • Area History
  • Typical Traffic
  • Owner Risk Personality and Attitudes
  • Value of Potential Targets
  • Potential Target Locations Relevant to Tree