Are Your Trees Dangerous?

Posted on January 16, 2017

During the winter months, we’re always fighting an uphill battle against the harsh weather, and our landscape can take a beating for it! If there is one thing we see as landscaping professionals in Needham and Newton in the spring, it’s the serious damage winter can inflict oretaining walln our trees and shrubs. If you’re wondering if those trees next to your house are a danger, there are a few signs that you should bear in mind.

Broken or dead branches

Probably the most immediate threat is branches that are a hazard to someone or pieces of your property. When a branch breaks off or is dead but becomes entangled in other healthy branches, it becomes a ticking time bomb. Not only can it cause injury, but it can also damage the tree on the way down.


When the root system becomes diseased, it can take years before we start to notice the changes that it brings to our trees. Sometimes we notice when it’s too late, and the trees fall. If you see a fading in foliage, mushrooms and fungus growing at the root, dying branches, and other similar signs, your tree could be impacted by disease and has begun rotting on the inside.


With freezing temperatures and high winds, it’s not uncommon for trees to form cracks in their trunks. Even a small crack impacts the integrity of the structure and can lead to decay. Depending on the severely, you might be able to save said tree, or it might need to be addressed by a professional.

Hazardous leaning

Trees aren’t perfect, and you will find they can curve often. Trees that lean slightly away from their roots are entirely healthy, but when poor weight distribution occurs, you might have some trouble on your hands. Cracks in the soil and exposed roots might be a sign that your tree is leaning too far, and pruning or bracing might be necessary to add support.

Luckily, for those trees that need just a little help, Cataldo Landscape and Masonry offers pruning services. Through our removals, we can help you re-design your landscape to make it look as though the tree was never even there. If you have more questions, please contact us today by calling (781) 304-8900.