Signs to tell if trees are rotting, creating danger for storm season

By Julie Broughton - Anchor

It can be difficult to know whether or not a tree on your property is a potential danger, that's why experts advise a professional inspection a minimum of every two years.

"Most homeowners don't ever come out and look up at their trees. They come out, hop in their cars; if they see a dead patch they call guys out to fix that. Most people don't look up into the sky," said arborist Brad Smith.

Smith works for A Budget Tree Service in Winter Springs. He tells Local 6 business is busy as we head toward hurricane season.

He says it's important to have experts assess your trees, looking for things like dead wood in the canopy. A falling branch could be deadly if it hit someone.

Last week, a huge tree toppled onto an Orlando home. Smith says certain trees, like water and laurel oaks, are especially vulnerable after the dry season.

"All of a sudden you get a hard rain with sandy soils and it can cause trees to fall over. We start to get stronger storms and trees fall over."

Smith says look at your trees for signs of disease, like large cavities in the tree or if the tree doesn't seem to be thriving. It's also important to trim back branches that touch your home.

Smith says if you do hire a tree service, make sure it carries liability insurance, including worker's compensation. Otherwise, if a worker is injured on your property, you could be responsible for any medical bills.

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