Trees can add beauty and shade to the area around homes, and be a delight for children to play in. But there are times when these same trees may become a hazard when they become weak, are in danger of falling and causing bodily damage as well as physically damaging your home.

At times, a part of the tree dies and the wood becomes dead and is unable to support itself, and can break off from the tree and then become a hazard to men, property, and vehicles. A tree can also develop a sore, called canker, that increases the chance of the particular branch or stem breaking off and becoming hazardous. Trees can at times develop cracks that can affect branches. Trees can also decay and become hollow and lose the strength to support themselves. Such trees must be detected early and cut down before they become a hazard. Trees planted too close to walls and foundations can also become a hazard as they can damage walls, foundations that can lead to accidents. Trees that have their roots exposed can lose their grip on the ground and trees can topple over in high wind. Trees can also become hazardous if care is not taken to maintain their symmetry and balance when any tree trimming is undertaken.

In order to see that trees do not become hazardous, it is necessary that due care is taken when you plant them and then when you maintain them. Trees must be planted in the right season and in the right soil. Planting too close to buildings and under power lines must be avoided. Hole depths must be adequate and proper advice must be taken from horticultural experts. Understand the full growth of the tree and what problems it could cause when fully grown. You can then prevent it from turning into a hazard in later years.

Trees must be pruned correctly so that they remain balanced and stable. Improper pruning can also lead to the tree becoming vulnerable to disease and thus be turning into a hazard. Topping or removing the canopy of a tree can also promote decay and disease and lead to the tree being unable to support itself. When you are planning an extension to the home, make sure that any new construction does not come too close to trees or expose roots when foundation work is undertaken.

It can be a great advantage if you frequently get your trees inspected by competent experts so that they can detect any likely conditions that can lead to the trees becoming hazardous. Get the pruning and trimming done by people who know their business, and will carry out the work in such a way that the tree or trees do not become hazardous, now or in the future.

Check trees constantly for broken branches or those that are dead and likely to become a danger, and then take proper care to remove the offending tree limbs. Larger trees have a greater potential for turning into hazards.