Sometimes Autumns can be harsh with their constant rain and strong winds causing dry leaves to fall, that can cover pathways and block gutters.
Still, leaves are not as dangerous as dry branches and dead wood. Certain conditions during summer and winter can negatively affect trees. For instance, wild storms during the summer usually weaken the branches and tree roots. However, during the winter, the weight of snow and ice can produce also produce damage, resulting in falling of branches and even of entire trees.
When branches start falling, they can easily crash through windows and damage your rooftop. On the other hand, when the whole tree goes down, it can destroy sheds, and even turn walls into pieces. But nothing of that compares to the serious injuries they can inflict on people.
Overhanging trees that are located on roadsides and on the edges of properties can also wreak serious havoc. Broken branches can be swept up by the wind and thus damage vehicles, homes and businesses.
Unfortunately, many home owners and even business owners are still not familiar with their legal position when it comes to the damage caused by falling trees. In Ireland, such occurrences are very common which lead to a high number of compensation claims being filed.
Basically, you are responsible for the trees that are located on your property and for any possible loss or damage caused by those trees.
In most circumstances, the legislation regarding these types of cases is quite straightforward. For example, if you as an owner knew that your tree was damaged, rotting or dead before the damage was caused, you will be the one held responsible. Measures should always be taken in a timely manner, and all trees that pose a threat to their surroundings should be either removed or secured.
That is why everyone who has trees located on their properties should always take preventive steps in order to identify dangerous tree conditions and minimise or completely avoid potential damage caused by them.
When winter approaches, you should always take some time to prepare your home, your garden and also the trees that are in it. The late Autumn and early Winter months are perfect for that simply because there will be no leaves to cover up the trees allowing you to see potential hazards like dry branches for example.
Another great reason for doing this is that the sap will not bleed from the tree if any surgery needs to be conducted during the winter. That means that your tree will grow normally when Spring arrives.