Trees exhibit a wide range of symptoms when they're suffering from issues that require professional assistance. Sudden leaning and loss of branches, visible root systems, and drooping branches all point toward problems that often need professional help to keep your tree healthy and secure.

Tree Suddenly Leaning 

A tree that has started to suddenly lean noticeably is a hazard that should be taken care of immediately. Trees can start to lean if their root systems are weak, if they have been weakened or killed due to diseases or pests, or if they have been disrupted by a heavy storm.

If your tree is otherwise healthy, a tree care professional can often help straighten and stabilize it. If it is dying or severely damaged, however, it will likely need to be removed before it falls over completely, potentially causing damage or injury.

Increasingly Visible Roots

When roots start becoming more and more visible, this is usually a symptom of a few different problems. One example is when flooding or rain causes the top layers of soil to wash away, exposing the roots beneath. Another example comes from soil that is too compacted, preventing roots from growing deep.

If your tree's roots are growing too shallow, this weakens its stability, which increasingly becomes a problem as the tree grows larger or when storms cause heavy wind or rain. Weak root systems can make it easier for your tree to fall over. Tackling this problem can take a combination of trimming and soil management, but while your tree is still standing, it can often be saved with the help of a professional.

More Falling Branches

It's normal for trees to occasionally lose branches, but if you notice a sudden influx in falling branches, your tree could need some help. This can happen for a few different reasons. In some cases, the canopy of the tree is simply too thick and branches below aren't getting enough light, which causes them to die and fall off. In other cases, disease or pest infestation can kill the branches with the same result.

Regardless of the issue, having your tree looked at and trimmed by a professional can usually help alleviate this problem. If the issue is related to diseases or pests, trimming off affected areas can often isolate any problem areas and prevent them from spreading, and this is much easier when caught early.

Branches Noticeably Drooping 

One reason regular tree trimming helps is to prevent trees from getting too large and starting to droop. One problem that can happen, especially with newer and younger trees, is that leaf growth can occur so quickly that the branches they're growing upon can't sustain their weight. Branches that are too heavy can snap and cause stress on your tree, so getting them trimmed before this happens is your best option.

The best time to have your tree trimmed can depend on the species of the tree and the climate in your area, and there are also many different types of trimming methods depending on what your tree needs. Contact a professional who will know exactly what needs to be done to keep your tree healthy.