It’s the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain or remove dead or hazardous trees on their property.
There are several signs that show if a tree is sick and in danger of falling, including missing bark or discolored leaves.
Budget Tree Service Owner Gary Gaudette told 22News that vertical cracks on a trunk, as well as ants and termites in and around the tree, would also indicate that the tree is in poor health.
“Ant problems, termites, stuff like that. That will eat away at the tree from the inside,” Chad Sparling said. “And you won’t know what’s going on until a windy day, and then it’s all gone.”
Under state law, you could be fined up to $500 and even face jail time if a tree on your property injures or kills another person.
If you have any concerns about any trees on your property, Gaudette recommends calling a certified arborist or tree service in your city or town.