Do you own a home that has one or more trees growing on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if these trees could pose a hazard to your family and your home? For a lot of people, trees simply "are." They grow and there's not much to think about. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Trees can die or become damaged by harsh weather, potentially falling or shedding large limbs and damaging the surrounding property. Unless the storm is unusually strong, there are typically warning signs that your tree may be a hazard in the near future. Some things that you should be looking for include:
Leafless limbs: The most obvious sign that there is something wrong with your tree is going to be when one or more limbs don't grow leaves. This can be caused by a variety of reasons, including insects, disease, and random tree growth patterns. In order to find out the cause, you'll need to have a professional tree service come out to check the tree. If this limb is removed before the issue spreads, there's a good chance that the tree can be rendered safe and you won't have to worry about it for some time.
Woodpecker activity: Woodpeckers sometimes use trees to communicate, pecking on them as a signal to neighboring woodpeckers, especially during spring when the woodpeckers are looking for a mate. If the attention has persisted past spring, there's a good chance that your tree is actually infested with something that the woodpecker enjoys eating. A tree service can confirm what sort of insects are plaguing your tree and can let you know how to get rid of them. It's not uncommon for a tree to appear otherwise healthy for a time with the only obvious sign of trouble being the woodpeckers' attention and holes drilled into the trunk and limbs.
Tree species: In general, the quicker a tree grows the softer the wood, and softer wood is more likely to be damaged by the wind. Something like an oak is sturdy and may last for hundreds of years with the proper care. But trees like cottonwood or silver maple have extremely brittle wood that can result in serious damage after a relatively mild storm. If you're not sure what type or types of trees you have growing on your property, have a tree service come out to take a look. Depending on the tree species, you may want to cut it down and remove it even if it seems to be an otherwise healthy tree.
How old is the front door on your home? Have you ever walked past the door and felt a cool breeze coming from under it? Could it be time to replace your front door, or can you repair the one that you have? My site is filled with advice and tips for learning when to replace and when to repair a front door. You can learn from my personal experience of living in older homes how to know when it is time to call it quits on the old stuff and invest in new. Hopefully, my failures and successes can help you avoid the failures and go straight for the success.