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Pretty much everyone knows that if a storm knocks over a tree they need to call for emergency tree service, but sometimes the signs are not so clear cut. Not every tree emergency stems from a major storm, and sometimes things that look scary like a leaning tree are actually very normal. Therefore, it is understandable if you are hesitant to call for emergency tree service in Fort Worth, TX, but you don’t want to be too hesitant because in some situations time is of the essence.
Acting quickly can actually mean the difference between being able to save a tree that has been inflicted with disease and having to remove the entire tree. It can even be the difference between saving multiple trees since some diseases can actually spread around your yard if you wait too long to address the problem.
With this in mind, it pays to take the time to learn the signs of emergency tree service so you can make the right choice if you think there is something wrong with a tree in your yard. If the idea of a tree emergency is brand new to you, then this is the guide for you.
Keep in mind that it is not a bad idea to walk around your yard at least once every season to take a closer look at your trees. If you notice a tree that appears visually different, is leaning, has signs of disease, or has a lot of dead limbs in it these are all things that should cause you to pause. Of course, some can wait and some have to be dealt with right away. To help you make that call, here are the top signs that you need emergency tree service.
As always, this blog is not meant to replace professional advice. If you are unsure, the best thing you can do is call a Fort Worth, TX tree service and ask them for an opinion. Most will offer general advice over the phone or offer to come out and inspect your trees to determine the best course of action.
Odd or New Leaning
It is not uncommon for trees to lean slightly to one side or another. Some trees grow at a slight lean because of the presence of other trees nearby. Other trees lean because they are trying to grow towards the sun in dense areas. Therefore, if your tree is leaning in an isolated area then this is something you should probably be concerned with. If it is a new lean that you haven’t noticed before, this is even more concerning. In general, an emergency tree service will tell you that if the tree is leaning at more than a 15% vertical angle it needs to be inspected promptly. On the other hand, if the tree in question happens to lean over a structure, pathway, or a neighbor’s property then you probably want the lean looked at regardless of how serious it is.
Fungus by the Roots of Your Tree
Fungus is not always a bad sign, but it can be a very bad sign that your tree is starting to rot away both at the root level and the inside of the trunk. Therefore, you want to take all fungus growth seriously because if it turns out to be nothing major you will know, and if it turns out that the tree is compromised you can have it removed safely by an emergency tree service in Fort Worth, TX before it falls and damages your property. While walking around your yard simply keep an eye out for trees that may be covered by mushrooms at the root. By the way, it goes without saying that you should never eat a wild mushroom because many of them are poisonous, but it bears repeating. If you do, then you will probably need 911 before you can call an emergency tree service.
Damage in General Near the Root of a Tree
Root damage is always a major issue because the tree is held up by its root. While the trunk of a tree is majestic and can be awe-inspiring when it comes to the actual strength of a tree everything is in the roots. If the roots are compromised in any way the tree will fall regardless of its trunk. All it takes is a strong gust of wind to blow over a tree that has a rotting root system. If you see anything that alerts you to the presence of decay or root rot, it’s time to call a local tree service.
Trees Encroaching on Power Lines
Usually, it is the city’s job to deal with trees that are growing too close to power lines, but if the tree sits a ways back on your property and the limbs are nearing power lines it may be time to call an arborist for some help. Trees and power lines need to be separated more than you probably think. Outside of the obvious electrical risks and the chance of a power outage, electricity can actually jump to wet tree leaves and then bounce down into the ground to get out. The end result is almost a reverse lightning strike that results in property damage. It also will likely kill the roots of the tree which means that it will now fall very easily creating an even more dangerous situation. An emergency tree service should be your first phone call if you have any worries.
Damage to the Trunk of a Tree
Finally, if a tree is missing large sections of bark along its trunk this is a clear sign that the tree is not as structurally sound as it once was. This can also indicate the presence of disease. Both situations might mean the tree is dangerous and could crash to the ground at any time, so you should call for emergency tree service if you suspect trunk damage. If you have noticed this or any other signs on this list, give S&P Tree Service a call and we will quickly come out to your property to inspect the situation.