5 Signs That A Tree Could Be Unsafe
June 1, 2022

As your all probably aware ‘We’re all about trees’ But sometimes trees have to be pruned or removed, due to them being unsafe or diseased. As it’s not always easy to spot whether your trees are unsafe or in decline.  We’ve listed 5 signs that a tree could be unsafe, defective or in decline. So if you spot any of the following contact one of our friendly competent and qualified team today.


Dead Branches

Dead branches are an easy way to spot if there is a problem with the tree, especially if there are a lot of them. It can sometimes just be a sign that some individual dead, defective or diseased branches need to be removed, however it’s best to get a second opinion as excessive dead branches can mean the tree is in decline, diseased and is potentially dying.



While trees often move around in the wind, they usually return to their normal position once the wind drops. Some trees grow with an apparent lean, but they are usually stable if the prevailing environmental conditions do not change. In areas where trees are suddenly exposed to unusually strong winds, they can develop a sudden lean and potentially become unstable. If your tree is leaning and is close to your home, car or a common area, it could pose an immediate threat, so call a competent and qualified tree expert.


Visible Roots

Visible roots can be quite common, and a lot of the time are completely fine, however if the amount of roots visible on the surface is higher than normal and the ground has become cracked and loose, it can mean that the tree has moved and it is finding it difficult to secure its position in the surrounding landscape. If a tree is lacking a healthy secure rooting environment it can be more vulnerable to weather damage, such as in stormy conditions it could potentially become uprooted from the ground and fall over. Another risk comes from surface roots being damaged by lawn mowers or other machinery. When exposed roots are wounded, the tree is more vulnerable to disease as the healing process can take quite a long time, if repeated frequently.


Cavities or Cracks

Cavities or cracks can indicate possible structural damage. They can become worse over time leading to much more serious problems, appropriate action should be taken to reduce the risk of harm to people, property or the trees own structural integrity. Cracks, splits, exudation or missing bark can also be a sign that the tree is structurally damaged or in poor health and will need to be checked by a competent and qualified tree expert.


Fungal Growth

Not all fungus are inherently bad for trees? But If you do spot fungal growth on the tree’s trunk or roots don’t ignore it, as this could be weakening the structure of the tree. Fungus can indicate that the tree may be in a state of decay or rotting and as the fungus feeds on the breakdown of this biological matter, it can lead to weakening and sometimes to the eventual breakage or fall of affected trees. Some mushrooms are actually beneficial to trees while others, can be dangerous and will need to be identified and inspected by a competent and qualified tree expert.



Unless you’re a professional tree surgeon, never attempt to fell a tree yourself. There are many reasons it should be left up to the professionals, the main one being for your own safety. Even if you don’t suspect your tree is unsafe or at risk of disease, we would recommend getting your trees checked by one of our friendly competent and qualified team to ensure they’re in good health and keep them looking great for years to come.