Structural damage in trees can be a serious concern for your tree’s health and for your family’s safety. From overgrown branches and damaged roots to disease and decay, there are many ways a tree can become structurally unsound. Don’t neglect a structural issue and risk damaging your property. If you are unsure or concerned that your trees might have structural flaws, read the following tips from a professional Jacksonville tree service company


Dead and Damaged Branches 

One of the simplest ways to tell if your tree has any visible structural flaws is to inspect the branches of your tree. If they look, dead, broken, or weak that could be a sign that something is wrong.  Maybe your tree took some unnoticed damage during hurricane season. Look closely for any cracks, splits, or wounds and use binoculars to get a closer look at the damage. 

Dead branches can be especially harmful to your tree’s health. A decaying branch can take years to fall and in that time spread decay to nearby branches and even the trunk. This could lead to a bigger structural or health issue for your tree. A dead or damaged branch can be hard to spot if you’re not a tree surgeon. If you suspect a dying limb might take over your tree, call a tree service for an inspection. 

Root Damage

One of the leading causes of structural damage in trees is root damage. While root damage can be difficult to diagnose since you usually can’t see them, there are other ways to tell if a tree is suffering the effects of damaged roots. A tree with damaged roots will not have the ability to absorb water from the soil as it should. This will lead to dead limbs, diminished foliage, and stunted growth in its limbs and trunk. It will oftentimes take several years to see the effects of root damage so you might not know your tree’s roots were ever at risk of being injured. Because root damage takes a while to be noticed, have a tree service inspect your trees annually. If anything is of concern, your tree service will spot it. 

Leaning Trees  

Trees that lean sharply to one side could be a tremendous threat to your property’s safety. When a tall tree is affected by severe winds, it may develop a permanent tilt to one side, endangering anything or anyone below. A lone tree is more at risk of wind damage than many trees planted together. The effects of harsh winds on a tree standing alone are worse than a tree surrounded by others. A leaning tree is a threat to your home and your safety. If a tree is leaning too close for comfort, call your local tree service. 

Widened Crown

One common issue among trees in backyards and urban areas is widening crowns. Some trees that don’t have to compete for sunlight develop wide, massive lower branches difficult for the tree to accommodate. This can lead to a structurally unsound tree that is in danger of falling. Calling a tree service company to inspect your tree and decide if it should be trimmed or pruned is a great way to avoid an overburdened tree and keep it safe and secure.


Looking for Tree Care Services in Jacksonville, Fl?

If your trees are exhibiting any of these symptoms, it’s time to call a Jacksonville arborist!

Our certified arborists at Bushor’s Tree Surgeons will arrive with the proper tools, equipment, and experience to evaluate your tree(s) and determine if branches close to or over your home are a risk. Our arborists will inform you of what branches should be trimmed or removed. We believe in saving trees, but we also believe in keeping your home safe. Sometimes removing an unhealthy tree is the best decision for your home and the surrounding landscape.

Our team can safely and easy remove tree branches from trees overhanging on your property. We know how to trim, relocate, and care for trees so that they will be healthy year-long. 

 Bushor’s Tree Surgeons is a tree service company based in Jacksonville, Florida, and services customers in Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine, Florida. Call us at 904-731-9100 or click our Tree Service Jacksonville Fl contact page to learn more and to set up an appointment with one of our certified arborists.