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Trees don’t last forever. Sometimes we look at our trees and they look so strong and proud, and we forget that they are living things, and like all living things, they get sick and they can die. The problem with trees is that sometimes it’s difficult to determine if they are sick or even dead, and sick or dead trees can pose hazards to your property and your family. Sick and dead trees might no longer have the root structure to stand strong storms, or their branches may fall off, becoming a threat to anyone within the area.

Here are some signs you can look out for to see if your trees should be removed. If you do notice these signs, talk to a tree removal expert like Tree Removal Sunshine Coast to get expert advice.

Check the tree for damaged, broken or dead branches.

If a branch is damaged, snapped off maybe by a storm, and is hanging precariously to the tree, this could easily become a projectile in the next storm, and should be removed. Moreover, the area where the branch is connected to the tree is like a deep gash to us humans; if not treated correctly, this could cause an infection that hurts the entire tree.

Dead branches are often barkless, so check your tree for such branches. Also, if you notice the ground around the tree is littered with fallen branches, despite there not being a recent storm, this may also be a sign that there are issues. In the same way hair loss can be a sign of stress in humans, branch loss can be a sign of stress in your trees. And a stressed tree becomes a dangerous tree.

Check your tree trunk for cracks and missing bark.

We’re not talking about tiny, superficial cracks on your tree’s surface. Those are normal wear and tear. We’re talking deep splits and cracks that go below the surface. There are a few things this could be a sign of: the tree’s trunk might be weak or rotted; the soil itself might be unstable.

If you notice missing bark, this might also be a concern. Trees lose bark as part of their normal everyday lives, but new healthy bark takes its place. If healthy bark is not replacing the missing bark, this may be another indicator something is not right in the tree’s world.

Check your tree’s base for fungus/mushrooms.

If you notice fungus or mushrooms growing at or around the base of your tree, this might be a sign that the tree’s root structure is not strong. The tree’s roots are what keep the tree planted in the ground during strong wind events, so weak roots mean a dangerous tree.

Check your tree’s lean.

If your tree suddenly develops a lean, then this might also be an indication of a root system that has been weakened. Some trees naturally grow at a lean, but that is a slow, gradual event that causes the tree no problems. The type of lean which indicates the tree is dangerous is sudden, perhaps after a wind event, and is something that you need to keep an eye on.