When Is Tree Removal Necessary?
Deciding when it is time to fully remove a tree may not be easy, but this laborious task may sometimes be necessary due to a variety of reasons. While dead trees can negatively affect the appearance of your landscaping, they also pose the risk of sudden breakage, possibly damaging your home or injuring someone.
Reasons for Tree Removal
Tree removal may be done for many reasons including aesthetic, safety, and cost reasons. The tree may pose an immediate danger because of its position or damage. Trees with limbs that extend near power lines, for example, are safety, health, and insurance liabilities. Here are a couple of other reasons you should consider when it comes to having trees removed:
- The tree is dying or dead
Parts of the tree can begin to experience decay when the nutrients from the roots to the trunk have a hard time travelling throughout the whole body system of the tree. This can be dangerous because barks and branches of the trees can fall. If only 25% of the tree is experiencing decay, there is a chance that it can be saved with the help of licensed arborists.
Another sign that the tree is dying or experiencing decay is the growth of mushrooms or other fungi. If mushrooms are present at the base of your trees, look for other signs of declining health to assess the threat the tree poses to your yard and home. Sawdust around a tree can signify an infestation of insects which can ruin a tree and any of its neighboring plants too.
- The tree is diseased or damaged
Signs that the tree can be infected can include the top leaves dying, huge cracks and crumbly texture on the tree’s bark, and the presence of fungi. Other types of diseases may be from unwanted pests. Signs of this can include presence of insect feeding areas and entry holes or nests.
If 50% of the tree is diseased, it may be time to remove it. Unhealthy trees may still grow for years but they will have limited and abnormal growth. Removal may be necessary because the tree’s disease may spread to other plants through the root or soil system. Pests can also spread infection.
- The tree is encroaching on your home, shed, barn, or nearby power lines
If the position of a tree dangerously encroaches on your property and nearby power lines, removal might be a good option. Check for possible growth space of not just the tree’s crown and branches but also their roots.
If the tree poses a danger to roads, powerlines, and your property due to it’s malformed or structural problems, it would be best to ask professional help to assess the best way to remove the trees safely. Large trees should be 20 feet or more away and small trees can be planted starting at 6 feet from the house.
- The tree is hollow on the inside
A tree with a hollow trunk means that it’s health has been in decline and it can pose a serious hazard . If a third of the tree is rotted or hollow inside, it needs to be removed.
- The tree is blocking your view or creates too much shade
Removing trees that are too close to your property can resolve safety issues and also help you save on electricity. Sometimes trees grow too big that it blocks and shades not only your home but plants around it. The plants need the sun and won’t receive enough nutrients if a tree is blocking it.
Healthy, well-maintained trees that are planted in the right place can help boost your property’s curb appeal. However, if your trees pose a risk that could harm your home, removing it is a better option to boost your property value.
- There is no proper space for the tree to grow
The tree’s root, trunk, and branches need enough safe, healthy room to grow. If more than 50% of the tree’s roots are damaged, it probably should be removed. This can sometimes happen when there are excavations near the tree. Trees growing on ledges or near a body of water often have shallow root systems and may need to be removed and replanted to grow.
- The tree is an undesirable species
Undesirable trees have the following characteristics; their barks have weak wood that breaks frequently, they constantly drop large amounts of debris, they have shallow roots systems that can lift the surface of pavements and soil, they are prone to being invaded by different insects or their seeds are invasive to the area around them.
Before fully committing to the decision of removing a tree, consider asking the help of professional arborists to fully inspect and check the health of the tree. A tree that may look unsalvageable to the untrained eye, may grow back to health with the care of an expert.
It would also be a good idea to consider replanting the tree in a better space if the tree to be removed is still healthy. Getting the help of professionals to take care of the roots during removal to be properly replanted is a great idea to help save the tree and do better for the environment.
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