Unhealthy trees pose threat to your house

Mold and fungus growing on the tree trunk may be a sign the tree in unhealthy. / Sean Streicher

As the temperatures drop, many people choose to wrap up in a warm blanket and stay indoors. As it turns out, plants may also benefit from the same treatment.

"Just a blanket or a tarp could help protect a (plant) if we're going to have a frost over night, if they're in pots you could bring them I doors," said Leslie Locke, the Assistant Store Manager of the Albany Lowe's

Different plants have different thresh holds on temperature, but experts say when the temperature start approaching freezing, is when you want to take some precautionary measures , such as mulching.

"It's going to help hold the moisture in the soil, it's also going to protect the roots, because a lot of times it's not the frost that kills it, it's the (inability) of water to get into the roots," explains Locke

There are also certain types of fertilizers that promote root growth, which will help sustain it through the winter months.

If your plants or flowers die this winter, you won't to have to worry about them causing too much damage to your house, a dead tree however, is a completely different story.

Experts say dead trees are at a high risk of falling, and could land on your house, car, or anything else in its way including a person and you may not even realize that you're in danger.

"The hardwood trees, they all die from the very top down, and the inside of the tree out, so you might not even know the tree is unhealthy," explains Lee Harper, owner of Harper Tree Services.

There are a few tell signs that a tree is on its way out, such as dead limbs at the top of the tree, or mold and fungus growing around the tree base.

Hollow spots on the tree are also a giveaway that the entire tree may be hollow.

When in doubt call a tree expert to see if it needs to be removed.