Every year we call a tree service in Long Island NY to prune the trees in our yard and check their health. Every so often they take core samples to see if the trees are rotting inside. Some trees can have the entire inner heartwood rotted away with only the bark and other surface layers being intact. The canopy of leaves can appear healthy, but the structural integrity of the trees can be compromised due to no heartwood to hold them up. These trees can topple in a breeze or just on their own. We used to have Silver Maples, but we had them cut down. They grow too tall and spindly, and they can crack and fall without any warning.
I have seen large oak trees in our neighborhood come down during a wind storm. Oaks can be massive and oak is a very heavy wood. It can smash through a roof and collapse brick walls. Read More