The Warning Signs That a Tree is Dying (and Could Fall)

Just last month, we discussed what to do in the event that a tree falls on your property and causes damage. It’s not a situation that anyone wants to be in, but with summer storm season here and autumn and winter just around the corner, it’s imperative that you know what to do so you don’t panic and lose your head in the moment. But what if you could take action and prevent the fall from happening altogether?

It is important to take note of the signs of a dying tree as they can be a serious hazard to property and any individuals nearby. Inspect your trees on a regular basis to identify potential issues before they result in a fallen tree and possibly a lawsuit filed against you. Property owners should speak to a New Mexico insurance agency to see how they can lock in the coverage their property calls for and stay protected. 

Take a look at these tree features, and keep an eye out for the following signs of an imminent fall.

Branches and Leaves 

Dramatic and/or sudden reduction in the growth rate of a tree’s branches and leaves is a likely indication that the tree is in poor health. Additionally, off-color and smaller than normal leaves are associated with defective roots.

Tree health can quickly plummet so consistent tree checkups can be helpful. Large trees increase your liability risk, so they may require more frequent checkups.

Structural Damage

Broken, dead, or hanging branches are a sure sign that your tree is dying. Be certain to check for damage after harsh weather conditions have taken place. It is your best interest to connect with a New Mexico insurance agency before a fall occurs.  

Typically, branches should grow in the form of a U-shape. Weak V-shaped branch unions show that the branches are not strongly attached to the trunk. If deep splits or cracks extend into the wood, the tree is brittle and most likely already preparing to fall. 

Check for trunk cavities as missing wood or sunken bark indicate that the tree may be dying and therefore hazardous.

The Base 

Do your trees have strong and healthy roots? Take notice of the base of your trees. A leaning trunk with a mound of soil is a big red flag. The tree as a whole has already begun to break from its foundation and may fall, sooner than you may assume too. 

It is the property owner’s responsibility to take care of their land and do what they can to prevent damages and injuries. Consider contacting an arborist if you identify any of these signs that a tree is dying so they can prune parts of the tree or remove it completely.

About Daniels Insurance, Inc.

At Daniels Insurance, Inc., we have a unique understanding of the risks that people like you face on a regular basis. With the backing of our comprehensive coverages and our dedication to customer service and quick claims resolution, your business will be fully protected. For more information, contact us today at (855) 565-7616.