Tree Hazard Checklist

Here are some guide lines to help you know when it is time to call a specialist.

  • Are there large dead branches in the tree?
  • Are there detached branches hanging in the tree?
  • Does the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or in major branches?
  • Are mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
  • Are there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches are attached?
  • Have any branches fallen from the tree?
  • Have adjacent trees fallen near or on top of the tree?
  • Has the trunk developed a strong lean?
  • Do many of the major branches arise from one point on the trunk?
  • Have the roots been broken off, injured or damaged by lowering the soil level, installing pavement, repairing sidewalks or digging trenches?
  • Have the leaves prematurely developed an unusual color or size?
  • Have the trees in adjacent wooded areas been removed?
  • Has the tree been topped or otherwise heavily pruned?