Determining If a Tree Is Hazardous and Needs to be Removed

A tree that is diseased, decaying, or structurally unsound could pose a significant risk to people and property. As a responsible property owner, it's essential to know when a tree is a hazard and needs to be removed. Here are some of the different signs that indicate a tree is hazardous.

Dead or Diseased Branches

The first sign that a tree is hazardous is the presence of dead or diseased branches. If you see branches that are brittle, brown, or without foliage, it could indicate a fungal or bacterial infection. Diseased branches could fall anytime, especially during extreme weather conditions, and they can cause significant damage to your property or people nearby. If you come across such situations, it is advisable to have a professional arborist inspect the tree to assess the damage and decide whether it needs to be removed.

Leaning or Unstable Trees

A tree that leans significantly or is structurally unstable could be dangerous. Trees located in areas with high traffic or near buildings are particularly risky. A sudden storm could cause the tree to uproot and fall, leading to massive damages or fatalities. When you notice that your tree is leaning or has an inclination, don't hesitate to call a certified arborist to assess the root growth, soil condition, and other factors that could compromise tree stability.

Multiple Trunks

Trees with multiple trunks have a higher likelihood of falling than those with a single trunk. If the trunks are V-shaped or split, they could easily separate during storms or high winds, leading to severe damage. Multiple trunks also indicate that the tree is not growing naturally, and this could be a sign of a serious problem. If you notice multiple trunks or split trunks, it's advisable to have the tree removed before it causes harm.


Decay is a significant threat to the structural integrity of a tree. It can affect the root, trunk, and branches and lower the tree's ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. Signs of decay include cracks, cavities, and mushroom growth on the bark. If you notice any of these signs, have the tree checked by an arborist and removed if necessary.

Proximity to Buildings and Property

If a tree is located too close to your house, garage, or other buildings, it could be a safety hazard. As the tree grows, its branches could touch the roof and cause severe damage during storms or high winds. A falling tree could also cause injuries or fatalities to people or pets. Therefore, it's essential to keep a safe distance between your buildings and trees. If any of your trees are too close, consider having them removed or pruned to remove the overhanging branches.

Contact a local company to learn more about hazardous tree removal.