December 19

Benefits Of Tree Risk Assessment

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Do you have trees in your yard? Then you may be at risk. Trees are beautiful, important structures that help to make our lives as good as they are – but they can also be dangerous. Trees themselves are not dangerous, but if they aren’t taken care of properly, they can fall, spread diseases, and cause other problems.

A tree risk assessment looks at your trees and determines their level of risk – and for those that are risky, it helps you find solutions. A risk assessment can also provide tips to keep your trees healthy.

If you aren’t yet sold on tree risk assessment, here are a few other things it can help with:

Eliminate Trees That Pose Risks To Other Plant Life

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  • Infected trees can spread those diseases and pests to other trees
  • Root systems can overtake other types of plants
  • Trees may not have infestations yet, but they are susceptible to them

Diseased or damaged trees may put other plant life in your yard at risk. For example, trees tend to attract pests when they are dead or dying. Those pests will then spread to other trees and plant life when they cannot get the nutrients that they need – and they aren’t going to go to another yard. Instead, they will go to your own.

At the same time, root systems often compete for water and nutrients. Sometimes when there are too many plants in one area, the competition will be too stiff and nothing will survive. Eliminating one or two will benefit the entire yard, according to Purdue.

Help Buyers Make Decisions

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  • Buyers may not want to do outdoor work
  • If they know you took care of your trees, it says a lot about you
  • Get a certification when selling your home

If you are looking to sell your home, buyers may look for something to warn them about how you take care of your property. If they see dead or dying trees that look neglected, they may start to worry about you treated everything in your home. You are telling them quite a bit about your maintenance, which could lead to problems with many things in the home down the line.

Some buyers may just walk away.

On the other hand, if they see trees that are well maintained and manicured as well as being free from risk, they will know that you take care of things. You can get assessments from tree care professionals that are licensed to do so, and that information will go very far.

Move Forward With Landscaping Plans

  • Find out if a tree will be removed
  • Help to plan out tree growth
  • Get the scope of the cost of a project

If you are undertaking a landscaping project in your yard, tree risk assessment can help you in so many ways. The first is to look at your trees and see if they are healthy enough to stand for a long time after the project. You don’t want to plan a yard around a tall, beautiful tree if it is going to die within the next year.

At the same time, if a tree risk assessment is performed by a professional, he or she may be able to tell you more about how your tree will grow and change. That can help with the planning, especially if you have a younger tree that hasn’t reached its full height or span just yet. Find out more information about that from the U.S. Forest Service.

Of course, a tree risk assessment can be done before the project, just to help you get an idea of how much the project will cost you. Tree removal may be an essential part of getting everything put together, and it is a cost you should figure into your budget.

Ensure You Get Quality Care For Your Trees

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  • Get honest, accurate readings of your trees
  • Manage the trees on your property to reduce risks
  • Get insight on potential future risks

When you get a professional tree risk assessment from an arborist, there are many things that you get. The most important is a plan to move forward, no matter what is going on with your trees. An arborist can help you to reduce risks and keep your yard safe and healthy.

He or she can also help to cable the tree or train it so that it doesn’t become a problem again. This is something that only a professional should do; if done incorrectly, it can cause even more problems.

Remember that you looking at your trees and doing your own assessment is also a big part of this. You need to know your trees and what they look like when they are healthy so that you can be the first to spot problems.

Trees Are Good summarizes it best: ” It is an owner’s responsibility to provide for the safety of trees on his or her property. This brochure provides some tips for identifying the common defects associated with tree risk. However, evaluating the seriousness of these defects is best done by a professional arborist.”

Contact Menchhofer Tree Care for all of your tree care needs – we can help you at any stage of the tree process, from planting and taking care of your tree to pruning and cutting it down – and of course, any seasonal problems that you might have with your trees. If you are having trouble making decisions about how to best care for your tree, we are here to help. Remember that acting sooner rather than later will help you to get the most out of your trees and keep your home safe.

Call us today at 317-661-4240.

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Menchhofer Tree Care

About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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