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Signs It’s Time to Schedule a Tree Risk Assessment

13 JAN 2024

Signs It’s Time to Schedule a Tree Risk Assessment

Trees are beautiful additions to any landscape and vital for the environment and your well-being. However, trees experience threats like any other living organism, compromising their health and safety. If you suspect a problem, consult a professional tree care company to address it before things get out of hand. At the Sesmas Tree Service, we ensure your trees’ well-being and your property’s safety by scheduling regular Tree Risk Assessments (TRA). Here are five signs you should hire a tree service expert for a TRA. 

Your Tree Has a Fungal Disease

The most obvious sign that it’s time for a tree risk assessment is a fungal disease on your tree. Mold and mildew can weaken a tree’s structure, making it susceptible to breakage or falling. Some common fungal diseases like oak wilt, Dutch elm disease, and anthracnose can compromise overall well-being, causing premature tree removal emergencies. Once you notice telltale signs of deterioration, consult a tree service expert for a thorough examination, appropriate treatment, or tree removal if necessary.

Your Tree Has a Pest Infestation

Pest infestations can wreak havoc on trees, causing damage to leaves, bark, and even the tree’s core. Insects like emerald ash borers, gypsy moths, and bagworms are destructive. If you notice unusual holes in the bark, discolored leaves, or a decline in the tree’s overall health, it’s time for a Tree Risk Assessment. We can dispatch certified arborists to assess the extent of the infestation, determine if the tree can be saved, and recommend effective pest control measures.

It’s Been 1 Year or More Since Your Last TRA

Regular Tree Risk Assessments are essential for proactive care and property safety. The repercussions can be severe if you have not scheduled a TRA in the past year or longer. Trees can develop issues over time, and a yearly assessment helps identify potential risks before they become more pronounced. A reputable tree care company can evaluate the tree’s condition, its structural integrity, and its overall health, providing you with recommendations to address any concerns and prevent accidents.

Soil Work Has Been Done Nearby

Any significant construction or soil work near your trees can affect stability and overall health. Changes in soil compaction, grade alterations, or root damage during construction can weaken a tree’s foundation and increase the risk of it falling. A Tree Risk Assessment is a prudent step if you’ve recently had construction work done on your property or close to your trees. Our experts will assess the tree’s condition and recommend any vital measures to mitigate potential risks, ensuring your trees’ continued health and safety.

Your Tree Has Faced Weather Damage

Extreme weather, such as storms, high winds, and heavy snowfall, can cause substantial damage to trees. If your tree has endured severe weather recently and shows signs of damage, it’s imperative to schedule a Tree Risk Assessment quickly. Weather-damaged trees can have weakened branches or compromised structural integrity, posing a significant risk to people and property. Certified arborists can determine the extent of the damage and recommend effective strategies like tree removal to prevent accidents.

Trees are valuable assets that require proper care and attention to ensure their health and safety. By addressing potential risks and taking appropriate action promptly, you can protect your trees, your property, and the safety of those around you. Contact us at the Sesmas Tree Service and schedule a consultation with our experts to preserve trees’ beauty and benefits for your environment.