What Is a Tree Risk Assessment and Do You Need One?

Keeping your trees healthy and happy is one of the best things you can do for your property and your safety. Unfortunately, trees can be damaged by storms, insects, and other common hazards and, once they’re damaged, they may pose a risk to the safety of your property and your loved ones. That’s why routine tree risk assessments are essential. Here’s what you need to know about this service provided by your plant health care specialists.

What Is a Tree Risk Assessment?
Tree risk assessments look at the health and condition of the trees on your property to determine if they’re thriving, struggling, or unable to be salvaged. The point of the assessment is to make sure your trees are safe and won’t be likely to pose a risk to your safety or your property’s safety.

These assessments are best handled by an experienced professional who can spot minor or early-onset signs of damage with ease. 

How to Tell if You Need to Schedule a Tree Risk Assessment
If you have a tree that’s already dead or is clearly dying, you likely know it’s time to call a tree care specialist. But that doesn’t mean you should wait until your trees reach that point. Here are a few signs that it’s time to schedule an assessment so you can keep your trees in good shape more easily:
  • The tree is growing too close to a structure: Having trees close to your house can be nice, but if they’re too close to your home, your fence, or another structure on your property, they could pose a risk to the safety of those structures. Your risk assessment will help you determine if those trees can be left or if they need to be removed.
  • The tree has tons of insects: Insect infestations can lead to catastrophic damage. If the infestation is severe, a risk assessment will help you figure out which insects you have and if the infestation can be treated.
  • Limbs are breaking: Broken limbs can present an easy way for insects and pests to infest your tree. But those same broken limbs may also signal that the tree is struggling and dying. A risk assessment will help you decide if the tree can be saved or if you’re better off getting it removed.
  • You’ve just moved to a new home: It’s a good idea to get the trees at your new home inspected as soon as you’re settled. This way, you’ll know if your trees are in good shape and if you need to have one removed or pruned back.

If you’re seeing any of these signs, schedule a tree risk assessment as soon as possible.

Schedule a Consultation
Whether you’ve noticed damage to your trees or just want an experienced professional to assess the condition of the trees on your property, scheduling a tree risk assessment is a great idea. At Root Tree Service, our team is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an inspection and keep your trees in great condition for years to come.
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