The following are faults or indicators of possible faults / risks in rural trees.
1. Recent construction, ground leveling and tree felling, deforestation for residential development purposes
2. Tree breakage in the area
3. Tree that leans near a potential target
4. Trunk dividing into two stems of the same dimensions
5. Soggy and shallow soil
Our arborists can help you manage your trees and can advise you on treatments that can help reduce the risks associated with certain trees. Our experts familiar with the assessment of risks related to trees can suggest one of the following interventions.
• Target removal. Although you cannot move a house or a power line, it is possible to move objects or vehicles, or to modify the layout to prevent items from being damaged by a falling tree.
• Prune the tree. Remove dangerous branches. To avoid further weakening the tree, it is advisable to have this work done by a qualified arborist.
• Guy the tree. Guying helps strengthen and increase the stability of weak branches. However, these supports are not guaranteed against breakage.
• Perform regular maintenance. Mature trees require regular maintenance. You have to water them, fertilize them (in some cases), cover their base with mulch and prune them according to their structure and the season.
• Cut down the tree. Unfortunately, some trees with high levels of risk must be felled. When it is possible to replace the felled tree, a species compatible with the site is chosen.
Trees can sometimes be dangerous. Full trees or branches can fall and cause personal injury or property damage. It is important to assess trees for potential risk. Although all trees eventually fall, very few of them strike people or property.
There is no such thing as a completely "safe" tree.
It is the responsibility of the tree owner to ensure the safety of his environment.
Tree Risk Checklist Questions to ask yourself:
• Are there large dead branches in the tree?
• Are any broken branches hanging in the tree?
• Is there rot or cavities in the trunk or in the main branches?
• Are there fungi at the base of the tree?
• Are there cracks in the trunk or at the base of the branches?
• Have any branches fallen from the tree recently?
• Have any nearby trees fallen or died?
• Does the trunk have a strong inclination?
• Are several main branches emerging from the trunk at the same height?
• Have any roots been broken or damaged by ground leveling, paving or excavation work?
• Has the land undergone recent changes due to construction, raising of the ground or laying of lawns?
• Did the leaves change color prematurely or change size?
• Have trees been felled in neighboring woodlands?
• Has the tree been topped or severely pruned?
As tree safety has become in a few years a major concern in several municipalities, we offer prevention interventions associated with trees adapted to each problem according to three levels
Levels of expertise
Level 1 : The basic level includes a visual examination which makes it possible to make recommendations for pruning or guying
Level 2 : A visual examination and additional examinations, such as probing the trunk, close examination of the antlers and identifying the majority of insect problems or diseases.
Level 3 : This level of precision is particularly suitable for large trees with important safety issues (urban environment, public roads, schoolyard, etc.). We then call on the climbing team to probe the tree at height using specialized equipment in order to define the viability of the tree and its structural integrity.