How To Tell When Trees Need To Go


How To Tell When Trees Need To Go


In this article, we will learn a few common signs that will help you identify potential hazards and defects in the trees around your home or on your farm. This is extremely important, as trees can be very dangerous if they are at risk of falling or dropping branches. While every tree has the potential to fall or drop branches, ensuring your trees are in good health and good condition will prevent a tree disaster and ensure your beautiful trees are an asset, rather than a liability. Having said that, it’s always a good idea to have your large trees checked routinely by an arborist, to ensure you haven’t missed anything. In the meantime, answer these questions to assess the risk your trees pose:


  • Can you identify any large, dead branches within your tree? Dead branches do not have live foliage and can look dry and grey; however, they can be difficult to spot, so contact us for an assessment if you’re not sure.
  • Can you see any detached branches within your tree? If so, these should be moved immediately, unless they’re quite small.
  • Can you spot any rotten wood or cavities within the tree’s trunk or on large branches?
  • Can you see splits or cracks anywhere in your tree?
  • Have you had fallen branches in the past from your tree?
  • Can you see any mushrooms growing on the base of your tree?
  • Have trees located nearby fallen over or died in the past?
  • Have nearby trees been removed in the past? If so, why?
  • Is the trunk of your tree leaning significantly?
  • Are the major branches on your tree growing disproportionately from one side or the other? Or from one location?
  • Have the leaves of your tree suddenly changed colour, texture or developed a disease that’s not due to seasonal changes?
  • Have the tree’s roots been damaged or unsettled by anything (I.e, paving, erosion, building foundations etc)?
  • Has the integrity of the plot your tree is located on changed recently (I.e., from construction, lawn installation or removal, digging etc)?
  • Has your tree been over pruned or topped?
  • Have you recently experienced flooding?
  • Are your tree’s branches growing close to (or touching) utility lines? If so, don’t ever try to address this problem yourself.


If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may have a hazardous tree situation that will need to be addressed as soon as possible. Some of these issues can be addressed by you, but most will require the services of a good arborist – such as Brisbane Treeworx – who will either repair the problem or remove your tree and stump for you.

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