Each year, thousands of trees in the U-S are damaged by storms, wind, lightning and ice. That causes millions of dollars in property damage.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List explains, "Trees need check-ups just like people do. Having a certified arborist come and exam your trees annually can help you prevent potential problems, catch disease early and protect that landscape asset."
Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees can add up to 15 percent to the value of your property. So make sure they're healthy.
Stephen Courchaine is a Certified Arborist. He said, "Obviously die back in the trees, you'll see the trees lose leaves things of that nature, dead branches, decayed trunks those are things homeowners can look for that can lead them to believe that the tree needs to be removed."
Some signs that homeowners should look for include dead wood on either multiple branches or the trunk, poor leaf development in the crown, and discoloration and separation of the bark on the main stem.
Courchaine adds, "If a tree is structurally damaged whether it's split or something of that nature every once in a while there are things we can do like pinning a tree together with rods, putting cables in trees, lightening branches and things of that nature, those are sometimes options to try and save the tree."
But be sure to contact the professionals.