Posted: August 12, 2016
Along with the natural beauty of summer comes rumbles of thunder, high winds, flashes of lightning and heavy rain —all of which wreak havoc on properties. Wind can completely uproot saturated trees and break branches when summer storms hit. A hazardous tree that is sick or damaged can cost potential home buyers thousands. Not to mention the severe impact on the landscape—one of the biggest contributors to a home’s value.
Identifying common defects in trees before a storm hits is crucial to preserving precious curb appeal. Homeowners can prevent damage to their property in a few simple steps.
Look for clear signs of damage. A tree with an abundance of dead branches has a higher potential to be impacted by stormy weather. Deep splits and cracks that extend through the bark and into the trunk signal signs of severe damage. In advanced stages, decay, wood cavities and cankers can create hazardous conditions. Weak branch unions that are fused by bark also signal declining tree health.
When it comes to stormy weather, heavy tree canopies act as sails that catch wind. Branches and heavy limbs could barrel toward the home if not properly cared for. Poor tree architecture is characterized by excessive leaning or branches growing out of proportion with the rest of the crown. Odd growth patterns may indicate general weakness or structural imbalance.
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