Addressing a common concern
Will my tree fall? It's a question we frequently hear from concerned homeowners. While there are no guarantees with Mother Nature, Bartlett arborists are trained to identify the structural defects that are most likely to result in broken branches or complete tree failure.
During a tree structure evaluation, your arborist will look for symptoms of decay, weakly attached branches, cracks, and splits, poor architecture, saturated soils, and root problems. Some of these defects are obvious by visual inspections, but others require a more detailed assessment. For this, state-of-the-art instruments can be used to evaluate the severity of defects.
Young trees can have a weak form or structural problems, often the result of a lack of pruning, but as trees age, they become more susceptible to wood decay and other defects. The first priority for arborists caring for older trees is evaluating their structural integrity and providing necessary remedial treatments to reduce the risk of branch, stem, and root failures.
If evaluation indicates a tree represents a high risk of failure, remedial treatments can reduce that risk. Treatments could involve pruning to reduce branch weight and wind resistance and installation of structural supports including cables and brace rods that help to limit branch movements during storms. When treatments will not adequately reduce the risk of failure, tree removal should be considered to maintain safety on the property.
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- We have a large Ash that is roughly 20 to 30 years old. I am noticing that the ground around the base is rising and, about five to seven feet out, the ground, by contrast, appears to be lowering. This has slowly been happening over the last 3-5 years. What should we do?