Recognizing The Benefits and Risks of Trees

For individuals who live and work in an urbanized environment, trees provide numerous health benefits.  While these benefits increase as a tree ages and grows, there are certain hazards and risks that arise during that time.  For example, the dropping of limbs and branches as well as any conflicts with the roots is likely to occur in those areas that they continue to grow in.


As tree owners, we have to recognize the benefits and risks involved when we are caring for and maintaining our trees.  Whether these hazards arise from ice storms or strong, gusty winds, tree owners must recognize whether or not the tree has been negatively affected by such events.  As a result, they must develop management strategies that will ensure they continually provide the benefits they are recognized for.


Recognizing the Risks involved


Our trees provide a significant number of benefits to our cities and homes.  However, when they fall and damage property or injure individuals, they quickly become liabilities.  You can make your property much safer and enhance the lives of your trees by learning risks involved and addressing them.  Arborists are familiar with the risk assessment of trees and can help maintain your trees by providing the proper care and treatments that can alleviate these risks.As a result, the arborist may recommend one of more procedures listed below in order to reduce the risks involved with certain tree species:


·         Bracing and cabling your trees – you can increase the stability and strength of your trees by providing support for weakened branches and stems.  However, support does not guarantee against or prevent the failure of the tree.


·         Providing regularly schedule care and maintenance – mature trees need regularly scheduled care and maintenance whether it’s mulching, nutrients, pruning, or water.  This is usually dictated by the structure of the tree and time of year.


·         Pruning your trees – defective tree branches can be removed by the pruning process.  Pruning is best performed by a certified and licensed arborist as trees can be damaged or weakened by improper pruning techniques.


·         Removal of the target – although your home and any nearby electrical lines cannot be relocated or removed, you can move certain landscaping features, picnic tables, and vehicles that are in close proximity to a tree that is posing a certain amount of risk.  This will eliminate the risk of any damage occurring should larger tree branches or trunks fall.


·         Removing the tree – whenever the level of risk becomes unacceptable, it is best to remove the tree altogether.  Whenever possible, you should plant a replacement tree in an appropriate location.


Of course, the best course of action where the care and maintenance of your trees is concerned is to hire the services of a certified and licensed arborist for the job. It is important that you work with a company that has experience and license to work on the trees.

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