Cracked or Missing Tree Bark
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Here’s a worrying statistic: figures suggest that, worldwide, falling trees kill more people on an annual basis than shark attacks. Live close to the forest? You should always be on your guard. Trees can be dangerous things — although nature’s warning signs are there for those who are able to read them.
The main things to look out for are cracked bark on the trunk — or areas where the bark is missing altogether. This indicates that something is amiss and that the tree’s structure has, perhaps, been compromised. In such a situation, all it takes is a strong wind for disaster to strike.
Find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time and you could be crushed. There are other warning signs to heed — including holes in the trunk, dead or fallen branches and lost leaves. Seen such signals? Call in an expert and keep your distance.