Limbs That Loom Large: Are Large Trees Dangerous?

Limbs That Loom Large: Are Large Trees Dangerous?

9 January 2020
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Do you have a large tree, such as a gum tree, on your property that towers over your home? Are you worried that it might become a danger to you in the near future? Although large doesn't always mean dangerous, you do need to be aware of what could be dangerous when it comes to bigger-than-average trees. In some cases, a large tree can spring a deadly surprise.

The Risks of Large Limbs Over a Home

A large tree that is healthy and visibly vibrant will have a firm footing in the soil. Provided that it receives enough water and has space for its roots, such a tree shouldn't pose any risk in terms of toppling over onto your home or property. However, large limbs do need your consideration. Although large limbs can shade your home, keeping it cool, they may also endanger it.

Even if a branch looks healthy from where you are standing, there is no guarantee that it won't suddenly fall on your home.

The Possibility of Sudden Branch Drops

Even if you examine your tree carefully from top to bottom and find no clear indications of damage or disease, that doesn't mean your tree won't drop a branch this summer. Gum trees, especially, are prone to dropping large limbs in the height of summer. This is why you see signs warning of the dangers of sudden branch drop (SBD) whenever you hike in an area with large gum trees in Australia.

However, the reason for SBD is unclear. Some experts believe SBD happens because of a water buildup inside trees on especially humid days. But because the reason for the sudden loss of large branches is unclear, you should consider lopping large branches before or during summer. Don't attempt to do so yourself, however. For obvious reasons, only an expert should lop large branches.

Without the right equipment and safety measures, a large branch could topple onto your home during removal. Therefore, if you are worried about one or more large branches looming over your home, contact a local arborist or tree specialist.

Common Signs of Danger

There are some very common signs that a large branch might drop. Look for the following indications when checking your tree.

  • Cankers, which are an indication of disease.
  • A lack of leaves, which means a branch could be dying.
  • A dry and brittle appearance, which means a branch has died.
  • Wounds, which allow diseases and pests to weaken the area.

If you see any of these signs near or on a branch that looms over your home, hire a local tree expert to remove the branch immediately. Otherwise, the branch might fall on your property, endangering you and your family.

To learn more, contact a tree lopping company.