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Identifying Tree Hazards

There are many advantages to having mature trees around your home. They provide shade in the summer and protection from icy winds in the winter. Homes with mature trees are attractive to prospective buyers. Sometimes they can provide a privacy screen and buffer against street noise.Tree damage

There are times when trees, especially large trees, can present a hidden danger to person and property. Just because a tree has leaves doesn't mean it's healthy. A closer inspection of the large trees on your property can prevent an accident from happening at the most inconvenient time.

A certified New Hampshire arborist can be called to survey a property for tree hazards.

The following criteria will help you decide if the tree(s) should be removed. Some of the conditions that an arborist will look for include:

Location: Is the tree located in a high risk area? A tree in the lawn area or lawn edge doesn't hold the same priority as the tree over the house, wires, or driveway.

Vigor: The tree may have leaves, but how much new growth tells a bigger story as to how healthy the tree is. Is the new growth on the tips, or are there trunk suckers, which may indicate a history of injury to the tree?

Deadwood: Is there deadwood in the tree? Deadwood in the center of the tree may just be an indication that the tree is too thick and needs to be thinned. Deadwood in the crown of the tree is much more serious. That is an indication of root damage or basal decay.

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