Risk assessment of a tree is when a tree is evaluated by a tree care professional. The tree professional looks at all aspects of the tree, from the base of the tree where the tree joins the root system, to the branches and connecting elements. The experienced tree specialist is looking for any areas of the tree which carry increased risk of failure. Dead branches are documented and generally recommended to be removed. Infestations are documented as well. The overall health of the tree is assessed, and recommendations from fertilization to complete tree removal are made.
The low upfront cost of a tree risk assessment can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the future. For example, if a dead branch is never removed when a storm blows through, the branch could break off and plunge into the house puncturing the roof, causing structural damage as well as water damage. Maintenance is always less costly than emergency care, and safer for our loved ones.