In this article from Angie's List, Shawn Kingzette, district manager of Davey's Northwest Chicago office, gives homeowners eight different signs to look for in their trees this winter.
Posted: Dec. 3, 2014
Storms, ice and extreme winter temperatures take their toll on local ecosystems — downing trees, breaking limbs and causing power outages. With winter storm season just around the corner, now is the time to protect homes and trees.
Checking your trees is as easy as looking up. Strong, healthy trees that receive regular maintenance can make all the difference when it comes to tree resilience during a storm.
Check for these eight types of defects in your trees now:
1. Dead wood
Dead wood is often dry and brittle and doesn’t bend in the wind. Dead branches are extremely dangerous and need immediate attention.
Cracks are deep splits in the bark that extend into the tree’s cavity. Cracks indicate that the tree is not in good condition.
To see the rest of the eight tree defects, click here.