Hurricane season in Florida runs from June to November. And the storm season brings with it the need for emergency tree services. Weak and decaying trees often get uprooted during the storm, and it is best to get them removed before the storm season starts. When left unchecked, these trees can lead to severe damage to life and property. However, it is difficult to decide which trees need your immediate attention.

Here are some tips for identifying the trees that need your immediate attention:

Abnormal leaning

If your tree leans over 15% to the side from the vertical, it is a sign of potential danger. If it is on a pathway or near a building, it can easily fall to the side during heavy winds and cause injury to passers-by and damage your property. Call for a professional arborist to inspect the tree. They will tell you what the next course of action should be.

Fungus and decay in roots

Roots keep the tree tethered to the soil and provides essentials nutrients for its growth and survival. Any damage to the roots is a serious problem and calls for professional help immediately. Another prominent sign of decay is fungal growth and mushrooms at the base of your tree. It is a sign of internal decay that needs to be taken care of ASAP.

Proximity to power lines

You may feel that if your trees are not touching the power lines, it is safe. However, during storms, electricity can spread up to 10 feet through wet tree foliage. It can happen quickly and damage your property, shutting off your power lines. Call an expert to prune such trees before the storm arrives. 

Dead branches

When checking dead branches, you need to look for large dangling dead branches and remove them at the earliest. These branches can fall off and injure anyone, even in light winds. If you have many dead branches on a specific side, then there is a structural issue with your tree, and you need to ask for expert advice to decide whether to remove the entire tree or just the branches.

Hollowed and damaged trunk

Some tree trunks hollow out due to decay, disease, or injuries. Often, trees can survive with a hollowed trunk. However, if one-third or more of the trunk is hollow, then you need to remove the tree before it falls. You should also check the outside of the trunk for any signs of damage. Missing chunks of bark, large cracks, and fractured trunk are also signs of poor structural integrity and disease. 

About Marshall Tree Service and Landscaping

If you are looking for emergency tree services in the South Florida region, Marshall’s Tree Services should be your one-stop destination. Our services include tree removal, pruning, installation, landscaping, and pest control services. You can call us at (754) 235-1926 or (786) 738-4886 to schedule a free review or learn more about our landscaping and tree services. You can also reach us via email at or by filling out our contact form.