Is My Leaning Tree Safe?
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Is My Leaning Tree Safe?

It’s true that a leaning tree can be a concern for property owners, but not all leaning trees are dangerous. Whether a leaning tree is dangerous or not depends on the severity of the tree’s lean, the condition of the tree, and what is causing it to lean. 

A naturally leaning tree with healthy roots may not be a cause for concern, but if your tree is leaning at a substantial angle, it may be a good idea to have it removed from your property because it might be in danger of falling. However, a tree that begins to lean after a storm points to something more serious and the safest option may be removal. Also, leaning trees with substantial cracks on the main trunk will need to be removed.

When you spot a leaning tree on your property, the last thing you want to do is ignore it. It’s advisable to call an arborist and have your tree inspected to determine if it’s really dangerous or if it’s not a cause for concern. 

Why Do Trees Lean?

  • Poor Soil Structure: Over-saturated or overly sandy soil can lead to leaning because the soil structure is too weak to anchor the tree.
  • Improper Planting: A tree can lean if it's planted too shallow or the root ball was improperly installed during planting.
  • Wind: Consistent strong winds can cause trees to lean in the direction they are blowing. However, if your tree develops a lean after a storm, there is a cause for concern. If your tree begins to lean after strong winds, call a nearby tree service to provide you with a solution.
  • Light: Trees that are too crowded or nearby buildings may lean over time as they seek light.

When Should You Worry About a Leaning Tree?

  • The tree is infected or dying—a leaning tree that is infected or dying can become a host to insects and pose many risks to your home. So it’s best to call a tree removal service to inspect the tree and advise you on the best course of action.
  • The soil around the tree is heaving and exposing tree roots
  • The tree is leaning over your house or a walkway
  • The tree is putting your property at risk
  • The lean is getting worse

What Can You Do About a Leaning Tree?

If you have a leaning tree on your property that’s indicative of structural issues, you need to call a reliable arborist to assess the stability of the tree and determine the right mitigation steps. 

Are You in Need of Stump Grinding or Stump Removal? Call Southern Star Stump for Help

Leaving a stump after removing a tree from your yard will leave you with a tripping hazard, aesthetic issues, insect infestation, and many other problems. It’s best to hire an experienced stump grinding and stump removal company to help you remove stumps from your property.

At Southern Star Stump, we have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to handle the safe removal of tree stumps.