Signs Your Tree May Fall


If you have a beautiful tree in your front yard, it’s important to know that it can also pose a potential safety hazard, especially during storms or prolonged periods of high winds. Weak or damaged trees may fall under these conditions, causing damage to your property and endangering your family. In case of such an incident, Elite Restoration’s Wind & Storm Damage team is always available to help. However, you can take steps to prevent such accidents by recognizing the following signs that your tree may be at risk of falling.

Exposed Roots

A healthy root system is crucial for the well-being of your tree. If the roots are exposed or sticking out of the ground, it may indicate a shallow root system, which makes the tree more vulnerable to damage from foot traffic, yard tools, and the elements. Exposed roots can weaken the tree and make it more prone to falling, so it’s important to contact an arborist to learn how to prevent falls.

Dead Branches

Dead branches are a clear sign that your tree may be at risk of falling. They can be caused by various problems, such as disease or unhealthy root systems. Dead branches themselves can also break off and damage property underneath them, so it’s essential to get them professionally trimmed.

Trunk Damage

The health of the tree trunk is critical to the overall strength and health of the tree. If you notice missing bark, bark falling off, or cracks in the trunk, it may indicate larger issues such as disease or damage from animals like woodpeckers. A weak trunk can cause falls, so it’s vital to have a professional examine the tree as soon as possible.

Leaning Tree

If your tree is leaning, it’s a sign of potential health issues. Trees naturally want to grow straight up, so leaning usually indicates that something is wrong. Addressing a leaning tree is time-sensitive, especially if it’s leaning towards valuable property like your home, driveway, or fence. Call a professional right away to check out your leaning tree.

Soft Spots

Soft spots on the limbs or trunk of a tree are a warning sign that it may be in danger of falling. These spots can arise from an infestation, fungi, or a wound, and can cause weak spots that lead to breaks and falls. Soft spots caused by fungi can be dangerous to handle, so it’s essential to call a professional with the right knowledge and skills to manage them.

Damaged or Diseased Leaves

Common tree diseases like Leaf Rust, Fire Blight, and Powdery Mildew can cause significant damage to your trees, leading to breaks and falls. If these diseases go unchecked, the tree’s health can be damaged to the point of falling over. Fortunately, there are remedies to these issues that can be implemented to save trees from getting to this point.

Being aware of the warning signs that your tree may be at risk of falling can help you take steps to protect your family and property. If a tree or branch falls on your property, call Elite Restoration for help.