Can You Save a Leaning Tree?

Can You Save a Leaning Tree?

Lofty, stately trees lining your driveway or standing proudly in the yard add the perfect touch to your landscape.

Then one day, often after a nasty storm, your previously straight tree is leaning. Yikes.

Learn a few common causes for leaning trees – and see if the tree can be saved or straightened.

My tree is slowly leaning over time. What can I do?

All is good! A tree that naturally leans is no cause for concern.

Trees planted close to each other or nearby buildings gradually lean away from neighboring objects. Or, the curve could mean the tree’s trunk is adjusting for better sunlight. It’s all about location, location, location!

Don’t be alarmed by this off-center growth. Instead, keep an eye on your tree to make sure the lean doesn’t become extreme.

I have a tree leaning after a storm. How can I straighten it?

Trees struck with a sudden lean after a storm will likely need an arborist’s attention. If your tree is leaning close to your home, car or a common area, it could be posing an immediate threat, so call a certified tree expert.

By conducting a tree risk assessment, your arborist will determine if the tree’s structure has been affected. Severe weather can cause the tree’s fibers to bend, but that doesn’t mean the structure is broken.

Once your arborist determines the trunk and roots are intact, he may recommend cabling and bracing. This is an ideal way to straighten trees and provide tree branch support.

How can I save a storm damaged tree that is leaning?

Trees that are older or weakened may not be left with the best luck after a storm.

Look for these clear signs that your storm damaged tree is in trouble.

  • Trees with cracks that affect more than half of the main trunk generally need to be removed.
  • If your tree is leaning and also lost half of its branches, your tree may need to be removed.

Your arborist will carefully assess your tree for signs of failure and recommend the best next step. If there’s structural damage or your tree poses a safety risk, tree removal may be recommended.

Learn more about when it’s time to remove a tree here.

  • The Tree Doctor May 8, 2018 >Hi Karen, I forwarded your request to your local office. They will reach out to you as soon as they can to schedule a free consultation. If you would like to contact the local office yourself, here is their local webpage where all of their contact information can be found: http://www.davey.com/local-offices/charlotte-tree-service-and-lawn-service/. Best of luck! Here if you have any more questions, Karen.
  • karen Tuz May 8, 2018 >We have a tree leaning at the end of our driveway, I would like to save it.
  • The Tree Doctor May 8, 2018 >Hi Lucy, I forwarded your request to your local office. They will reach out to you as soon as they can. A certified arborist will come out and inspect your tree free of charge and advise you on the best course of action to take for your tree. If you would like to contact your local office yourself, here is their local web page where you can find all of their contact information: http://www.daveytree.ca/local-offices/west-toronto-tree-service/. Best of luck! Here if you have any more questions, Lucy.
  • Lucy Mule May 8, 2018 >Pine tree in back yard of 35 Princess Margaret Blvd we think is at risk of falling over, risk of breaking fence, exposing pool, other damage. What is involved in getting an assessment ? Thanks, Lucy Mule 416-801-6422
  • The Tree Doctor September 18, 2017 >Hi there, Scott. Unfortunately, Davey Tree doesn't provide residential tree service in your neck of the woods! But, its best to have an arborist come and evaluate your tree. Here if you have any other questions, Scott.
  • The Tree Doctor September 11, 2017 >Hi Patricia! Oh no, so sorry to hear this! Unfortunately, Davey Tree doesn't provide residential tree service in your neck of the woods! In the meantime, you may find this article helpful, blog.davey.com/2017/03/what-to-do-if-a-storm-damaged-my-tree/. Stay safe, Patricia.
  • Patricia Smith September 11, 2017 >Large tree partially felled in The Villages Fl. No split trunk. Please call at 409-771-9044. We are right around off Belevedere from your villages office.
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