Recognizing a hazardous tree
Hazardous trees are those trees that are dead or have dead branches that may fall in a roadway, on a house or anyone walking by. Hazardous trees may have broken or hanging branches, split trunks, or other conditions that may cause the tree or part of the tree to fall and cause damage.
What to do with a hazardous tree
Do not attempt to remedy the situation yourself unless you are certain you have the skills and equipment for the job. If is usually safest to contact an arborist to evaluate the tree or trees in question. If the job is small and you feel you can handle it yourself, see our section on Pruning.
If the hazardous tree is located on public property (parks, greenbelts, city buildings, and right of way), trees will be removed by the City of Round Rock Urban Forestry Division. To report hazardous trees please call 218-5540.
If the tree is located on private property, it is the sole responsibility of the property owner to remove hazardous trees. The owner will also be liable for any damage caused by his trees.
Hiring an arborist
Here are some guidelines from the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) that may increase your chances of finding a professional and honest commercial arborist for your tree care.
- Membership in professional organizations such as the International Society of Arboriculture, the National Arborist Association or the American Society of Consulting Arborists.
- Certification through the ISA Certified Arborist program
- Proof of Insurance
- A list of references (Do not hesitate to check)
- Avoid using the services of any tree company that:
- Advertises topping as a service provided. Knowledgeable arborists know that topping is harmful to trees and is not an accepted practice.
- Uses tree climbing spikes to climb trees that are being pruned. Climbing spikes can damage trees, and their use should be limited to trees that are being removed.