Most damage to a property during severe weather occurs when limbs or trees fall. High winds and saturated soil conditions typical of summer storms can cause tree roots to fail and branches to weaken. During winter, the weight of ice and snow accumulation can be equally damaging, resulting in failure of branches and entire trees. None of this is any easy experience for a homeowner. That is why pre-storm strategies are recommended to identify potentially hazardous conditions and help reduce the risk of damage before stormy weather occurs.
Have you noticed something odd on your tree? Do you think there might be something wrong with it? Here is a quick guide on how to visually inspect your tree.
Start from the bottom up. Start by examining the roots. Look for signs of the ground heaving up, severed roots or signs of decay or fungi, such as mushrooms.
Then move up towards the tree trunk - just above the soil. Can you see any peeling, loose bark, cracks or deep slits?
Inspect the rest of the trunk for signs of decay, such as signs of swelling, cavities, soft or decaying wood or small holes.
Finally, look up at the canopy, the upper layer of branches and leaves. Can you see any signs of:
If you have any concerns about your tree and would like one of our qualified arborists to come and inspect your tree, just give us a call. We will advise you on what we think is the best treatment for the tree, or whether it would be better to have the tree removed.
Let us help you ensure the best care for your trees. Tree-Surgeon Essex is made up of a team of professional arborists that love working with trees all year round across Essex covering: Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Epping, Havering as well as areas in east London including Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham.
Give us a call today on 01708 578 017.
We offer advice on:
- Tree Pruning
- Tree Removal or felling trees
- Crown lifting/raising
- Crown thinning
- Crown reduction
- Stump grinding/removal
- Hedge trimming
- Site clearance
The team were recently called upon to carry out a tree survey at Walsingham House, Navestock, Brentwood. Whilst undertaking a climbing inspection, we found deadwood within the crown of this tree, large dead stems and a decayed / leaning trunk.
Deadwood within trees is a natural process for some fast-growing tree species and is fairly common in mature trees. Reasons for its occurrence can range from fungal colonization to disease or lack of sap.
The images in this blog demonstrate the extent of the hollow trunk, and highlight why it is vital to have your trees inspected.