30598 Cordrey, Millsboro, DE 19966

Tree Defect Check List

Tree hazardTree Defects

If You or your neighbor have any of the following defects in your yard trees contact our Certified Arborist  at 302-947-2273 for a consultation or risk assesment.

Tree Hazard Checklist

Consider these questions:

  • Are there large dead branches in the tree?
  • Are there detached branches hanging in the tree?
  • Does the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or in major branches?
  • Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
  • Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches are attached?
  • Have any branches fallen from the tree?
  • Have adjacent trees fallen over or died?
  • Has the trunk developed a strong lean?
  • Do many of the major branches arise from one point on the trunk?
  • Have the roots been broken off, injured, or damaged by lowering the soil level, installing pavement, repairing sidewalks, or digging trenches?
  • Has the site recently been changed by construction, raising the soil level, or installing lawns?
  • Have the leaves prematurely developed an unusual color or size?
  • Have trees in adjacent wooded areas been removed?
  • Has the tree been topped or otherwise heavily pruned?

Defects in Urban Trees

Urban Tree Defects

The following are defects or signs of possible defects in urban trees (see figure): above.

  1. regrowth from topping, line clearance, or other pruning
  2. electrical line adjacent to tree
  3. broken or partially attached branch
  4. open cavity in trunk or branch
  5. dead or dying branches
  6. branches arising from a single point on the trunk
  7. decay and rot present in old wounds
  8. recent change in grade or soil level, or other construction

Defects in Rural Trees

Rural Tree Defects

The following are defects or signs of possible defects in rural trees (see figure): above.

  1. recent site construction, grading and tree removal, clearing of forests for development
  2. previous tree failures in the local area
  3. tree leaning near a target
  4. forked trunk; branches and stems equal in size
  5. wet areas with shallow soil
Complete Tree Care | 30598 Cordrey, Millsboro, DE 19966 | Phone: 302-947-2273 | Email: tschlick@completetreecare.us