The Non-Autumn Fall: All You Need to Know About Tree Risks and Failure

Trees are essentially nature’s package deal.

You get free shade, clean air, visual appeal and perhaps a few fruits as gifts from Mother Nature. But, homeowners also need to attend to a tree’s clutter, critters and pruning needs. Worse is when a storm uproots your backyard cedar, causing damage to lives and property.

The trade-off is usually worth the (avoidable) risk, but trees are much more than green standees beside your home. Inconspicuous weaknesses can put you and your family in peril. This is why we here at Beaver Tree Services will tell you the root of this risk, how to branch out your awareness, and when you should not leave that tree alone.

Biomechanics and Tree Failure

Trees are structures. Though some homeowners shun them as they would a potted plant, trees are properties with logistics and statistics grafted into them. Arborists describe this as biomechanics, or the way trees grow in certain environments. Decades’ of biomechanical studies quantify trees and their ability to survive outside forces, making risk assessment simpler.

Trees undergo tests to determine both their structural integrity and biological function. This specifically pertains to their ability to manufacture and distribute food, while supporting a crown of leaves subject to wind, rain and snow.

Could Have, Should Have, Wood Have

Visual assessment is an important part of the process. Internal decay can manifest itself at the worst times, so we recommend regular maintenance and spot checks. Pruning inhibits decay, as branches permitted to grow closely parallel to the trunk usually become points of failure. Trees that fail, or become uprooted, can cause serious damage to property, even physical injury. In 2014, a windstorm in Central Victoria caused trees to fall onto the highway, to the danger of motorists. Fortunately, no one was injured, but a daring dashboard camera video of the event is available online.

Accidents related to tree failure are still a thing, though. Safe Work Australia’s 2014 statistics show that the number of accidents in the tree growing industry has decreased from 21 to 14 since the start of the millennium. This improvement is a good sign, but we can always do better, especially since lives are at stake.

Trees are a gift. They are nature’s constant reminder, making sure our homes are never detached from the planet on which they stand. Nature always takes its toll for better or for worse, but in this case, regular inspection and pruning are low prices to pay for trees’ many wonderful benefits.

Remember to contact Beaver Tree Services for help with all your tree care and maintenance needs.