Seven Questions to Put to Consideration Concerning Tree Removal

22 February 2016
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Trees provide climate moderation, keep air and water clean, and provide shade and beauty as well as increasing property value. Removal of a dying or dead tree altogether is wise as soon as you have noticed it. Delay in the removal of a tree poses a great danger to your property as more decay sets in. This article goes a long way to tell you when tree removal is necessary and why dead trees should be removed.  

 Is it a desirable species?

Shallow roots damaging pavements and lawns, weak wood that breaks frequently, dropping of large quantities of debris, often infestation with disease and infestation with insects that are specific to a particular species of a tree are characteristics of some trees that make them undesirable. Examples of an undesirable tree include box elder, tree of heaven, mimosa, willows, black locust, empress tree and poplars.

Is there trunk damage?

If the main trunk happens to have severe damage, it calls for tree removal. Large, older wounds, seams, vertical cracks and stubs on dead branches indicate that there is internal decay. There are chances of survival and healing of a tree if the area that is damaged is twenty-five percent less the circumference of the trunk.

Are there small branches coming from the trunk?

The small branches from the trunk are known as sprouts. They indicate that there is something terribly wrong with the tree. They are a sign of severe stress. Sprouts may be brought about by sun over-exposure after forest thinning, soil compaction or injury endured from recent home construction.

Is there rot or growth of fungus?

Fungi growth on the trunk or at the base of the tree indicates internal rot. It should also be noted that not all mushrooms that grow under trees are in association with root diseases.

Is the tree leaning?

In comparison with vertically growing trees, leaning trees are more hazardous. A lean indicates broken or weak roots and therefore, a tree should immediately be removed. Leaning trees could cause property damage as they could either fall on houses or cars.

How much space is available for tree growth?

It is advisable not to have trees hanging over your roof. Large trees should be 20 feet away from the house and small trees at least 6 feet away.  

Are branches dead on one side of the tree?

If the branches are all dead on one side of the tree, it could mean that there is root or trunk damage on the side that is affected. Such a situation is best evaluated by an arborist.

Dead trees will most likely topple over, attract pests, infect other plants beneath such as flowers, as their diseases are contagious and above all make your home unattractive. Make that decision of tree removal today.

Contact local professionals, such as those from Heritage Tree Care, for further assistance.