Are you expecting your usual crowd of Trick-or-Treaters this Halloween? If so, your most important priority is their safety. Many people go the extra mile to ensure their candy and treats are safe for consumption before handing them out to the community, but very few people consider the potential hazards that might be lurking around their property. One commonly overlooked hazard are dangerous trees. If there is a tree on your property that fits one of these descriptions, and is within the reach of the trick-or-treating pathway, it is important to take action fast in order to prevent dangerous accidents and injuries.
Continue below to learn how to prevent your property’s sick or damaged trees from toppling over on innocent passer-byers this Halloween!
Signs of a Risky Tree
Although you want your house to be spooky on Halloween, you don’t want it to be dangerous! So be sure you know your trees are in stable condition before inviting the public onto your premises. You can tell simply by looking at a tree whether or not it poses a risk of falling over, breaking apart, or losing a heavy limb. The most common signs that a tree is sick, diseased, or damaged include the following:
⚠ Heavy Tilting in One Direction
⚠ Early Leaf Loss
⚠ Dead Spots or Blights on Leaves
⚠ Unusual Leaf Behaviors or Changes
⚠ Peeling or Missing Bark
⚠ Wet or Slimy Bark
⚠ Insect or Pest Infestation
⚠ Exposed Roots
⚠ Uprooted Trees
⚠ Low Drooping Branches and Limbs
⚠ Cracked or Broken Limbs in Canopy
⚠ Swollen Trunk or Branches
Dead Trees and Newly Transplanted Trees
If you have a tree that is very old and dead, it could potentially be at risk of falling over at any time. This includes trees with heavy damage, such as lightning-struck trees and rotted tree trunks. Even trees that are not sick or dead can pose hazards, such as newly transplanted trees. Be sure to stake these well in order to prevent the possibility of them falling over on someone.
What You Should Do
If any of the trees on your property exhibit signs of poor health or potential hazard, contact a local Indianapolis tree service company for a professional inspection. They will use a comprehensive approach to examine all conditions and factors surrounding your tree, and make qualified recommendations for your best course of action. In most cases, the best course of action is to remove a dangerous tree. In some cases, the tree can simply be staked, or cabled and braced, to enhance stability.
Where to Find Professional Tree Care Near You
Call Timberland Tree Care at 317-348-0811 for professional tree removal services in Indianapolis, Indiana and its surrounding counties. We are licensed and experienced tree care contractors who offer a wide range of professional-level tree service for both residential and commercial properties.