Hazardous Tree & Stump Removal

Safe Tree offers a range of removal techniques for hazardous trees for both residential and commercial properties in the Niagara Region.

Safe Tree specializes in large, hazardous trees

As specialists in working with large, hazardous trees, Safe Tree has the specific equipment required to reach the most difficult and high spots on your trees. Trees that are overgrown, weakened by age, pests or disease or poorly located can create hazardous situations that can potentially damage property, injure people and wreak havoc with utility lines. Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that you avoid these hazardous situations.

What should you be looking for?

Trees become hazardous for a number of reasons, including the following:

Dead Wood & Cracked Branch Removal

Safety issues frequently present themselves when dead wood or cracks develop in trees – particularly large ones. 

Dead trees and branches are often dry and brittle and cannot bend in the wind like a living tree or branch. They are unpredictable and can break at any time. A dead branch or treetop that is already broken off ("hanger" or "widow maker") is especially dangerous. 

A crack is a deep split through the bark, extending into the wood of the tree. Cracks are extremely dangerous because they indicate that the tree is already failing. Watch for multiple cracks in one area or cracks that extend deeply into or through the trunk of the tree.

Poor Location

Hazards from trees are often the result from a tree being poorly located: are the roots encroaching on your basement; are the branches  overhanging a building? Or maybe, the tree is growing in weakened soil where erosion may produce safety issues.

Included Bark

Included bark forms in the junctions of co-dominant tree stems where there is a tight angle union – ie. the junction looks like a 'V' rather than a 'U'. As the tree grows the tight union will fill with bark and create an area of structural weakness. Points of included bark are often the first place a tree will split or a branch will break off during a store.

Even in young trees, when you notice a very narrow angle it is likely that stress put on the either of the co-dominant stems can cause splitting, or even cause the stem to break off at the junction.


Decaying trees are prone to failure. Advanced decay (soft, crumbly wood with a cavity) can be serious and can present safety hazards.

A tree usually decays from the inside out, forming a cavity – sound wood is often added to the outside of the tree as it grows, making it difficult to evaluate the situation. A professional by a trained arborist is the best action if decay is suspected.

What kind of equipment is needed to remove hazardous trees?

The answer to this, of course, depends on the size of the the problem, but Safe Tree is equipped with climbing and aerial devices, crane assists and technical rigging appropriate for handling almost any size tree on residential and commercial properties.


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