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As much as we all love and admire greenery, we are also aware of the several risks that come along with it. Trees have proved to be great risk and damage caused over time, under several incidents. And thus they hint at regular risk assessments by a specialist. Our Texas ISA certified arborists have a whole list of concerns to be dealt with under tree risk assessment.

Why is tree risk assessment important?

Apart from the benefits that trees provide us with, the damage that they cause are equally large. A tree fall (or even a branch), that strikes unanticipated will cause significant damage to either property, liabilities or people; roots growing into pavement and utility lines are risks we often forget to foresee while planting a small sapling. Therefore, it is essential that every part’s growth is monitored periodically to prevent damage as such.

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What criteria is taken into account during assessment?

What threat does the tree pose?

It could be a weak limb, a detached branch, a low branch, a dying or decaying tree that looks      like it might crash anytime, root growth, infections that are killing the tree, or the entire tree          itself that has grown imbalanced in structure and size.

Can the threat be removed?

All of the above mentioned possible threats can be removed, although they have varying            degrees of impact and urgency. How swiftly can it be rectified and how well can this threat               be avoided in the future, is the question our expert arborists will be glad to answer for you.

How hazardous or damage inducing it could be?

If the tree causes damage through the threats above, our professionals will also analyse and      predict the impact of the damage and the liabilities attached with it.

The condition of the place or ground where the tree is rooted. Is it naturally a hazard-prone zone (e.g. as far as Texan climatic conditions are concerned), or is it any specific business or residential area, or is the soil unable to support strong growth of trees and foliage? The use of the site and how the site by itself would deal with a damage should also be looked into. Accordingly pruning of trees or any other appropriate solution is recommended.

The damage for the target is important. We observe if the site under the tree is of little or medium or no use. We would try options to see if the target can be moved elsewhere. For instance, if the target is a group of people in a park who could be warned about the impending tree work; or is it a barn not visited much where the threat can be removed at ease.

We also remember that certain tree species may not adapt well in all conditions. A large tree in a medium spaced residential area is an example of crowded spaces and low grown branches. A softwood tree that is an aggressive shedder or large fruits or dry barks landing before your porch is an obvious threat. In this scenario, we may suggest the right tree species for Austin’s topography that would cause little to no tedious maintenance.

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