Numerous factors could necessitate a tree inspection, primarily aimed at verifying the tree’s health and safeguarding the wellbeing of individuals and properties in its vicinity.

Generally, a tree inspection should be done every 3 years to 5 years for mature trees. This can change if you notice splits, cracks, or other mechanical damage. In most cases, a tree inspection (and a follow-up arborist report) will be needed when applying for a permit to trim or remove large trees.

Here is what you need to know about tree inspections.

You need a tree inspection in the following circumstances.

When there are obvious problems with a tree

It may be that the tree is leaning, or has developed a serious pest infestation or disease. It may also be the tree getting injured due to activities on your property.

In such a case, a tree inspection will come in handy in helping you figure out whether it can be saved. It may also be necessary to assess the risk that the tree poses and ways to minimize such a risk.

After a storm or extreme weather event

Extreme weather tends to damage trees. It uproots some, breaks branches, and messes with a tree’s food-producing capacity.

Therefore, after experiencing an extreme weather event, like a storm, it is always a good idea to have an inspection. It will enable you to have a better idea of the damage that your trees have sustained. Such an inspection will also point out hazardous trees. It will in turn give recommendations on which actions you should take.

On the recommendation of an arborist

An arborist can recommend regular tree inspections. This may be because of the potential problems that they have identified. It may also be because of the state or location of your property.

Whichever the case, if an arborist recommends a tree inspection, it is always a good idea to have one.

Before buying a home

An inspection by a certified arborist can help you to avoid overpaying for a home. This is so especially in cases where the home has a lot of trees near it.

An inspection will help to assess the risk of foundation damage as a result of aggressive root systems. It can also help to identify pests, and hence the potential pest control costs that you will have to shoulder if you opt to close on the home.

Generally, a before-buying inspection will ensure that you have a fair evaluation of the house and all the risks that come with it. It will allow you to negotiate from an informed position. And in the end, this can save you money.

When you need a permit

In some jurisdictions, you can’t carry out any major renovation or construction project without a tree inspection. This is so especially if the targeted site is near trees.

Therefore, carrying out a tree inspection is mandated by law by anyone who is seeking a permit.

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Why is a tree inspection performed?

A tree inspection is performed in order to identify the current state of a tree. This means determining its structural integrity and overall health status.

It is also performed in order to identify the problems or dangers that it may pose in the future. This includes identifying ways of reducing such dangers or problems.

How is tree inspection performed?

A tree inspection is usually performed from the ground up. It starts with an expert examining the soil on which the tree grows. The soil is examined for its ability to sustain the tree’s weight. And the tree’s roots are inspected to establish their penetration and overall health.

When inspecting the root collar and the base of the trunk, the inspector will look for signs that the tree may be structurally compromised. This includes checking for fungal growths like mushrooms, discoloration, and trunk girdling.

After they are done with the base, they then inspect the trunk for signs of weakness, pest infestation, or diseases. Here, they will check the bark and obvious signs of infestation. This usually involves checking the bark for tears, looseness, or cracks. The trunk itself will then be checked for holes, splits, and cracks.

They will then check the tree’s limbs, twigs, and foliage for signs of problems. This includes looking at how the branches are attached to the main trunk. The color of the foliage, and whether or not there are growing buds, will also be noted. And so will the signs of branch death and leaf discoloration.

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