Signs A Tree Is Dangerous In The Backyard

Global warming has become a huge issue today and it’s understandable that everybody wants to plant trees in order to save the Earth. If you already have trees in your backyard, it’s great because not only do those trees help in fighting climate issues, they also provide you with good shade, especially in summer.


However, there will come a time when a tree can become dangerous to you, your family, or your visitors. You should check the trees in your backyard often, especially when you know it’s already old, and you should know the signs when you need to have a tree cut down by professionals such as the Bellarine Tree Services. Here are some indications that a tree has become dangerous:

1. The Trunk is Leaning


Trees, more often than not, do not grow straight. They will most likely be leaning somehow. However, if you see that a tree leans more than most trees that surround your neighborhood, you may want to have it checked. Think of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. If the tree in your backyard looks like that, it could be time to have it removed.

There are also other signs that you need to have a leaning tree removed. Check the soil that surrounds the tree and see if it’s cracked. Look at the part that is opposite the lean. This means that the tree is barely holding on to the ground. Also check if the roots of the tree are exposed. You may try to cut branches of the tree in order to properly distribute its weight, but it would be better if a professional checks it.

2. Dead Branches


It may not be obvious at first when tree branches start dying. So when you notice that the tree has started dropping some of its branches, that would be the first sign. Dead limbs of a tree could stay attached to it for years and you wouldn’t know that it’s dead or decaying.

The thing is that the decay could spread to other parts of the tree and can become a danger. This is the tree’s way of making itself smaller so it doesn’t have to feed such a big part.

Inspect your tree when you see a branch fall. If you’re not sure if it fell because it’s dead, ask someone who can better assess it.

3. The Tree Has Two or More Trunks


When you see a tree that has split in its trunk, it could be a sign of a problem. When a trunk splits, it could look like a letter “U,” which is usual and your tree could be okay. However, when it forms a “V,” ingrown bark tissues could have possibly developed and the “V” shape is the result.

You could have a professional look at the tree split so they can determine whether or not there is a presence of ingrown bark tissues, and if you should be concerned about it. If there is also peeling on the bark and discoloration, it could also be a sign of a tree’s disease, like a fungus.

4. Tree Damage Due to Construction

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If you have had a construction in your backyard recently, it may have caused damage on your tree, especially when there was digging involved. Construction causes stress on the trees because it can damage shallow feeder roots, and then it starves and destabilizes the trees. Not to mention that construction equipment could have also caused damage to the bark.

5. The Bark Has Deep Cracks or the Bark is Missing


When there is a missing bark, if it is indented, or perhaps gashed, that area is called a canker. A canker is a dead section of a bark or branch of a tree. It could sometimes be even seen on a tree’s main trunk. A canker could cause a lot of damage to a tree or even its death. If your tree has a canker, it is possible that the tree could break at that point.

Proper care of the tree could limit the damage, but if the tree is not healthy to begin with, it may not be able to cope with the stress, and tree removal may be needed.


A backyard is more beautiful when there are trees and flowers in it. It gives homeowners pleasure when they look at their lovely backyard. However, homeowners should also be aware that trees are living things and are also prone to diseases and stress.

This means that they also need proper care. In the event that the tree can no longer recover from said disease or has become dangerous to those living in the house, it should be removed only by professionals.

About the Author Laura Bennett

Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.

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