Risk Assessment

Understanding the risk of trees on your property is a specialized service that requires expert certified arborists.

Risk Assessment Basics

Certified arborists do tree risk assessments. It tests the likelihood that a tree will fail and cause damage and/or injury. It is part of the standard of care.

Tree risk assessment considers three factors:

  1. What is the potential for tree failure?
  2. Factors in the environment that can contribute to failure.
  3. Potential targets; what’s in the way?

An experienced tree care professional, such as a Certified arborist looks at many things. He considers the tree species, growth habit, defects, the root system, and the growing conditions.

The arborist also considers the use of the site and discusses acceptable levels of risk with the property owner. Not all tree trimming companies provide risk assessment services.

Qualified Tree Risk Assessors

  • Exposed and damaged roots and mushrooms on root collars
  • Trunk cavities, splits, and fungi along the trunk and main stem
  • Dead or dying branches
  • Crown dieback
  • Other insect and disease issues
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Tree Inspections

A tree risk assessor examines the tree to determine its overall integrity. He recognizes hidden damage and can use specialized tools, including the Resistograph. This unique instrument reveals the inner life of the tree, including unseen decay.

He may find damage to walkways, driveways, foundations, water lines, and other structures.

An expert tree evaluation will produce a hazard rating. This helps organize pruning, removals, and other management activities. A risk assessment considers potential damage and the likelihood and results of tree failure.

Risk Management

Some trees pose an unacceptable risk and we recommend removal. Some times we can save a tree, but the final decision is up to the property owner.

Competent assessment requires a strong foundation in tree biology and years of experience. When you’re evaluating tree trimming companies look for one with specialized arborists that have demonstrated professional knowledge and are Certified Tree Risk Assessors.

Residential Tree Care Experts

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Expert tree trimming to shape, maintain, and enhance the beauty, health, and safety of your trees.

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Experienced, safety-conscious tree removal and careful clean up after the job.

Health Care

Certified arborists assess your trees and provide the essentials for flourishing growth.

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Beautify your yard with trees selected for Central Texas and planted by professionals.

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Risk Assessment

Expert arborists evaluate your trees for health and safety and make care recommendations.

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We have the experience to help you comply with all Tree Protection regulations and permits.

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Emergency Tree Services

Storm damage, fallen limbs, tree collapse—call for expert help with removal or repair.


Our expert arborists provide evaluation, appraisals, and reporting.

Heritage Tree Care is the tree service expert in your Central Texas community. We service Austin, Bastrop, Buda, Gonzales, Hyde Park, Kyle, Lockhart, Rollingwood, San Marcos, Smithville, Westlake Hills, Wimberly, and all surrounding areas.

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