There is a naturally occurring hole in our mature pecan tree. The hole is roughly 18 inches long and nine inches wide. Does this hole likely make the tree susceptible to falling?

Decay cavities are fairly common, especially in mature trees, and they usually weaken the structure of the tree to some degree. The size of the decay cavity on proportion to the size of the tree can affect the tree's stability. Additionally, arborists usually look for signs of fungal or insect damage to determine whether a tree with decay should be pruned or removed. Because each tree is different, we recommend having a Bartlett arborist inspect your pecan to determine the risk posed by the decay. Feel free to make an appointment today.

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