It is very important that trees receive a sufficient amount of attention, reason being is that an ignored tree can become a hazard and cause potential harm to people. In recent news, a young, pregnant woman was struck by a falling tree in Kissena Park. The woman and her unborn child did not survive. According to the New York Daily News article “Pregnant woman Yingyi Li-Dikov dies after falling tree crashes onto her in Kissena park” (http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/pregnant-woman-dies-falling-branch-hits-article-1.1417509#ixzz2bCxzPiD3), this was the 12th injury case caused by trees in the park, this year. Many preventative measures should have been taken to ensure the safety of the park’s visitors such as monthly/bi-monthly visits from a certified arborist and annual pruning of dead wood from trees.
Clearview Tree and Land is fortunate to have a certified arborist on staff. His expertise is used on a daily basis. A snippet from another article online, “How to Recognize- and Prevent- Hazard Trees” (http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/uf/sotuf/chapter_3/appendix_b/appendixb.htm) states the most important facts to remember when determining whether a tree is “hazardous” or “safe.”
- avoid planting trees near your home that are naturally brittle (i.e. willows, silver maples, and box elders)
- prune trees when they are young and continue to do so periodically
- do NOT top trees because the new growth may be brittle
- trees that fork, many times have one trunk that is weaker than the other, therefore considering cabling the two
- look out for mushrooms growing around the base of the tree because they can indicate decay/disease of the roots
For more information and to receive a FREE estimate on tree assessments, tree removal, tree pruning, tree planting, etc., please call Clearview Tree and Land at (888) 808 4777.