Dangerous Tree Limbs

It's best to inspect for dangerous limbs as the leaves fall off the trees in Fall, and again before they grow back in the Spring. Checking before winter helps prevent disasters caused by snow and ice. Checking in the Spring prepares your trees for storm season. Which seems like every season in NJ, but is typically considered to be summer into Fall. If you have trees that could potentially harm people or property, it's essential to work these two regular tree inspections into your yearly maintenance schedule. 

Signs of dangerous tree limbs:

  • Dangling or dead limbs - A dangling or broken limb can be obvious to spot as it swings in the wind; a dead limb is harder to pick out.
  • Changes in the bark - Known as ingrown bark tissues, it occurs where two or more stems grow closer together. It can create a ‘V’ and can be more likely to split. The normal formation looks like a ‘U’, which is more stable.
  • Trees that lean - Although some trees are known to lean, like white birches; most trees grow and stay upright, a leaning tree is a good reason to call the tree experts at Advanced Tree Service LLC to see what the issue may be.
  • Trees with poor structure - Trees with huge crowns can be hiding issues and without leaves as in the wintertime, some limb issues can be seen.


The height of some trees can also be an issue. Often what happens on the top of a tree is not visible to the naked eye. Trees in the summer that offer shade can have issues that need to be seen from above. Advanced Tree Service has a 127-foot crane that can get their crew to see from a literal bird’s eye view. Some of the tall trees grown in New Jersey are Oaks, Tulip Poplar Tree, Leyland Cypress, and Eastern White Pine, all of which attain a height over 60 feet.

Height alone can pose issues with trees and some trees can grow very tall, like the oak tree. One issue can be the problem of air bubbles. The taller the tree, the more likely it will develop a xylem embolism, a process in which air bubbles block the passage of water. Xylem is the tissue that makes up a tree's vascular system and allows it to transport water and minerals from the roots to the rest of the plant. The taller the tree, the harder it is to get nutrients to its upper limbs. This can mean limbs are dead or dying well outside the ability to see from the ground how healthy your tree actually is. Call the professionals at Advanced Tree Care who can assist in the health and well-being of the trees on your property.


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