Each year, falling trees and branches cause deaths and thousands of pounds in property damage. It is therefore essential that a tree is well maintained and looked after. If a tree or hedge has been dislodged in a storm or become too big for the space it occupies then SPC Tree Services offer to remove this hazard.
Trees are extremely heavy and can pose significant danger but there are ways that you can conduct a quick inspection yourself to see whether further work needs to be done. The technique used is to inspect the '4 zones' of a tree, these include:
The Overall Tree:
To many people, all trees looks very much the same, upon closer inspection there are many differences. From a place where you can see the entire tree at one time, have a real good look. Is it leaning? What is it leaning towards? Has it always done that? Are there any big dead branches? Is the leaf coverage very thin? If you're unsure about any of these questions, get a second opinion or professional to have a look.
Ground Inspection:
There are two types of roots to a tree; the structural roots that hold the tree in place and the absorbing roots which provide the tree with water and nutrients. When there is a problem with either of these systems then problems can occur. Structural roots can rot and decay which may not be seen above the ground but if a strong wind is experienced a tree can easily topple over. There are a huge number of variables such as soil condition, insects, fungus and diseases that can effect the ground, the trick is to have a really good look and see if anything seems out of place.
Trunk Inspection:
Always remember how much weight the truck has to support and if there is a problem then all that weight comes crashing down to the ground. Inspect the trunk thoroughly, if there are cracks or cavities then it can often be resolved if found early. Check the condition of the bark, does it break off easily? If so this may be a sign that a disease is spreading. If your tree is multi-stemmed then ensure you check the point where the multiple trucks connect. These are often weak points, especially if it's a 'V' shaped union as opposed to a stronger 'U' shaped union.
Canopy Inspection:
The most common and obvious danger is falling deadwood. You can spot dead wood easily because it simply does not have any leaves. If branches have been dead for a long time then the bark will often fall off as well. Also, look for broken branches, especially after a storm or strong winds. Finally, look at the state of the canopy itself, are the leaves a different colour to what they normally are? Do they seem to be falling off faster or out of season?

Finally, if you have woken up to find a dislodged tree in your garden then phone us. We understand that various species have different life spans and for whatever the reason a tree can die and become a hazard. We are a 24/7 business and are willing to help you out whatever time of day it may be.