If you have many trees around your home, you would do well to know their health. While most homeowners aren’t trained arborists, there are some simple things that you can check for to make sure that your trees are healthy.

This is important, since fallen trees and limbs can cause serious damage to your home, or even cause bodily injury if they fall at the wrong time.

You can learn a lot just from the way your trees look. If they have a lot of branches that are bare of leaves, this could be an indication that something isn’t quite right.

Knocking on the trunk of a tree will let you listen for issues. If it sounds hollow it is definitely sick and needs to come down. The same is true if the trunk is soft.

Remember that cutting down trees is a very difficult task and not one that a homeowner can easily care for. Even when taking sensible precautions, a tree is very heavy and could easily fall in an unexpected direction.