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Take Action To Minimize Tree Dangers

by Genesis Allen

Trees are an excellent addition to any property. Not only do they enhance a home's curb appeal, but they also serve as an excellent source of shade on a hot summer day. However, when not cared for properly, trees also come along with a number of risks for both your home and your personal safety. Make sure you know how to minimize these risks.

What's The Risk?

A tree in a diseased or dead state offers a number of threats. First, in the case of dead branches, there is always the risk that a branch could fall onto the roof of your home, a neighboring power line, or even you or a member of your family while spending time outside in your lawn. The dryness of dead trees also places them at an increased risk for catching fire. A burning tree can cause a dangerous and costly wildfire that can quickly spread. All of these events can be costly and most importantly, dangerous.

In terms of damages, if it discovered that poor tree maintenance was the reason for the branch falling or catching fire, your home insurance policy might not cover the costs associated with this incident. Therefore, if you have a dead tree on your property, it is important that you have it removed right away.

Proper Care Tips

Seasonal Inspections

Trees and branches don't die overnight; it is a gradual process. In many instances, the faster you are alerted of this issue, the sooner you can halt its progress and reduce the chance of a safety risk. Consider incorporating seasonal tree inspections into your home's current maintenance plan. At the start of each season, check for any signs of disease, such as discolored leaves and weak spots in the trunk or branches. Should you notice any concerns, take swift action to prevent further damages.

Regular Pruning

It's also a good idea to have your trees pruned regularly. Pruning is the process of removing broken or dead branches before they fall off on their own. In many instances, this practice can prevent the spread of disease and prevent further damage to the tree. In addition to minimizing safety hazards, pruning also improves the appearance of your tree.

The more effort you focus towards keeping your trees healthy, the less you have to be concerned about a safety hazard. However, in the event your actions are unable to stop a tree from dying, make sure you are taking action to have the tree removed as soon as possible. Contact a company like Affordable Tree Care to take care of any dead trees you have.