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What Causes Trees to Lean? March 15, 2019

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What Causes Trees to Lean?, New London, North Carolina

You may not notice the posture of the trees in your yard unless one falls out of line. If you notice that there’s a leaning tree on your property, you’re right to be concerned. Here’s what you need to know—and when you should contact a tree service.

What You Should Know About Leaning Trees

What Causes Trees to Lean?

Trees crave sunlight. Though they naturally want to grow upward, they may come in at an angle if neighboring trees create shade that prevents them from receiving ample sunshine. This is a “safer” type of lean that doesn’t usually cause harm. Soil erosion may also cause the tree to shift, especially if the roots are exposed. Finally, trees in a state of decay are highly vulnerable to leaning as they lose their stability and grow weak from root to trunk. 

When Can It Pose a Problem?

New London, CT tree serviceNot all leaning trees are dangerous. Those with particularly strong wood may lean without ever suffering breakage. However, you should always have a tree service assess the structure if you aren’t certain. This is particularly true if the tree develops a sudden leaning position or appears to lean even more than normal. If it starts tilting after a storm, have a tree company assess the situation—particularly if it’s positioned over a sidewalk, road, or home where it may pose a threat to passersby, drivers, and personal property. Consider it urgent if the soil surrounding the tree shows signs of distress, like heaving or cracking. Any such changes could indicate a potentially dangerous tree.

What Is the Best Course of Action?

Some trees develop leans very slowly. If you suspect one of yours looks a bit different, you can take a watchful waiting approach so long as it doesn’t appear to pose a safety risk. You might snap photographs of the tree every year to watch its progression—this will give you a better idea of how much it changes. If the tree is in the very early stages of structural concern, your tree service professional may recommend regular pruning and maintenance to protect its vitality for as long as possible. Trimming some of the weight off the top can also help rebalance the growth so there’s less danger of falling.


If you’re concerned about a leaning tree in your yard, have a professional take a look. Get in touch with the experienced and fully licensed team at H & H Tree Service in New London, NC. These tree service experts possess the knowledge and equipment needed to properly assess, diagnose, and treat any issue. Visit them online to learn more about their services, ranging from tree removal to trimming. Call (704) 463-0353 for a free estimate.

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