Assessment of tree

Tree trunk was split up due to bark inclusions

Assess the condition and stability of the tree visually. This includes noting:

  • whether the tree is leaning heavily in one direction
  • if there is evidence of bark inclusion
  • if there are dead branches
  • any signs of decay in the tree structure
  • any signs of fungal fruiting bodies
  • any hollows
  • if there are branches intruding from nearby trees
  • the presence of any concealed nests or insect colonies
  • whether the tree type is susceptible to branch failure when under load
  • the stability of the tree root plate by pushing or pulling the tree and observing the ground movement

Presence of fungal fruiting bodies is an indication of decaying trees structure. Generally, the fungal part you can see is the fruit

Root plate failure

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