Will it Fall? Real Answers About Leaning Trees

The_leaning_tree._(3300743852)Did you know that a mature tree can add up to as much as 10% of your home’s value? With that kind of money at stake, it is important to keep your trees healthy. Leaning trees are a leading concern among homeowners we talk to, so today we thought we’d address what you should and shouldn’t be concerned about when it comes to leaning trees. Sometimes what homeowners see as impending doom or danger, is easily fixable when you bring in a certified arborist to take a look.

Straight is Not the Same as Healthy – Leaning Trees are Normal

Believe it or not, a little lean is normal. Straightness does not indicate health in any way. However, leaning trees can pose a big problem to surrounding people and structures if a little lean becomes a big lean. Here are the “danger ahead” signs that we look for when a tree starts looking a bit too much like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

  • Exposed roots around the base of the tree
  • Cracked or disturbed soil on the opposite side of the lean

There are some tactics you can use to correct a leaning tree before a little lean becomes a big lean. Call in a professional tree care service to help you prune the branches in a way that more evenly distributes the weight of the tree. Or, have a tree care service help you brace the tree with cables attached to stakes on opposite sides of the tree. Make sure to add padding under the cable. Bark is a lot more sensitive than you might think. If the bark becomes damaged, that can cause bigger problems than the leaning. A good rule of thumb? Treat the bark on a tree like we treat our skin.

When in Doubt – Call a Professional

There’s nothing more powerful than your gut instinct. And when the safety of your kids or your house is a concern, it is always better to be safe than sorry. ArborPro Tree Experts have over 20 years of experience diagnosing problems in trees and other plant species. We’ll let you know if your concerns are valid and help you establish a plan of action for leaning trees. We work on both residential and commercial properties in Portland and the surrounding areas including Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Sherwood, West Linn, Tigard, Gresham, Happy Valley, Hillsboro, and more. Give us a call to talk through your tree concerns today!

Photo By Phil Sangwell from United Kingdom (The leaning tree.) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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