Oak, hickory, beech, maple—all of these are fairly common trees in the United States and grow rather large in stature. These trees may be viewed as a commodity on your property, providing protection from sun and wind. However, if you have an ailing hardwood tree on your property, it can also mean your home is in danger if it is close enough in proximity to the tree. Learning how to spot the signs of an unhealthy hardwood tree is a highly important thing to do as a property owner. Here are a few telltale indicators that the hardwood tree you have on your property could use some attention from a tree service professional. 

The tree has sections of leaves that never develop. 

In the spring you anxiously await the sight of those bright green leaves to show up on your hardwood tree, but some sections never develop leaves at all. No foliage on sections of the tree usually means that that particular section of the tree is dead. If you do not have these dead limbs removed, they could fall without a lot of warning, putting your home and family at risk. If there are several dead sections of the tree, it may be able to be saved with a tree topping process to cut back the excess growth. 

The tree loses a lot of branches with slight wind. 

Every time a breeze blows through your property you are left picking up fallen branches and limbs. Hardwood trees are known to be some of the most resilient tree types. So if you are losing branches with slight wind, it is a good sign that the tree is not as healthy as it should be. Investigate further to see if you spot noteworthy portions of the tree that do not have leaf growth on the branches. If so, your tree may have dead spots that need to be eliminated. 

The tree grows at an uneven rate. 

You have a massive hardwood tree in your yard but only one side of it seems to flourish, with branches that extend far beyond the length of the branches on the opposite side. Unfortunately, this usually means that only part of the tree's root system is getting an adequate amount of nourishment, whether it is necessary nutrition from the soil or moisture. This can also lead to part of the tree dying if not tended to early on.