Magazine article USA TODAY

Cracks Can Cause Hazards in Trees

Magazine article USA TODAY

Cracks Can Cause Hazards in Trees

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Tree failure is a major cause of property damage, especially during high winds. If the wind is strong enough, even healthy trees can be uprooted or broken, but it might not take a storm or high winds to cause a cracked or rotted tree to fail under its own weight.

"Homeowners worried about trees falling and damaging property should call a qualified arborist for an onsite inspection," advises Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association, Londonderry, N.H. Andersen notes that trees are genetically designed to withstand storms, but all trees can fail--and defective trees fail sooner than healthy ones.

Cracks in the trunk can be one of the major indicators of an unstable tree. Most are caused by improper closure of wounds or by the splitting of weak branch unions. They can be found in branches, stems, or roots and vary in type and severity. …

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