Trees are truly wonderful additions to your property. They enhance curb appeal, add gorgeous coloring throughout much of the year and provide shade. While these and other wonderful benefits can be enjoyed by your well-maintained and healthy trees for many decades, the reality is that some trees will need to be cut down for substantial reasons. There are numerous reasons why you may be thinking about cutting down a tree on your property. In fact, these are some of the primary signs that one of your trees should be professionally removed from your property.
Severe Trunk Damage
The trunk of a tree is an essential source of stretch for the tree. The limbs and leaves of a tree can be very heavy, so the trunk must be solid and healthy from top to bottom. However, a trunk can be damaged by pest infestation or bad weather. In some cases, the tree may simply get old, and the trunk may begin to splinter and deteriorate. Trunk damage typically cannot be overcome. More than that, because the trunk may be weak, there is a concern that the tree may topple over at any time and cause property damage or personal injury.
Signs of Illness
Trees can become sick from many pathogens, fungi and more. There are many signs of illness that you should look out for. For example, the leaves may fall off in the middle of the growing season. Some leaves may be discolored. In some cases, trees are damaged by chemicals rather than pathogens. If this is the case, you may notice abnormal growth or misshapen leaves. Some trees can recover from an illness or even poisoning by chemicals. The general rule of thumb is that the tree may be saved if less than half of it is sick. However, if less than half of the tree is healthy, you may need to contact an arborist to have it professionally removed.
A Safety Concern
When a tree is small, issues with safety may not be obvious to a property owner. Tree growth, however, can result in possible safety concerns. For example, the tree may be growing directly into power lines, or the tree may have grown at an angled position toward the home. In fact, if a tree is leaning at more than a 15-degree angle, it has a strong probability of toppling over. Regardless of whether or not the tree is near a structure, the risk of toppling could make it a safety concern for anyone who happens to be walking by when it tips over. In some cases, the tree growth is not the problem. The safety concern may stem from development that occurs around the tree. Any safety concerns should be addressed promptly by the property owner.
Trees need a substantial amount of space all around them for their health and vitality. This includes underneath the soil for a healthy root system to thrive. It also includes all of the space around and above the tree. When the roots are growing into the foundation of a home or into pipes and other utility features, property damage can be significant if the tree and roots are not removed. Tree limbs can bend sharply in strong winds. They can also become very heavy when they are soaked with moisture or covered in snow and ice. When a tree is planted to close to a home or another structure, damage from limbs is a concern. In some cases, trimming the tree will resolve the situation. However, when the trees are very close to the home, a removal may be necessary to protect the building from damage.
Healthy, mature trees are a truly valuable addition to your home. Removing a tree is not a matter to take lightly. It can affect your home’s property value, curb appeal energy efficiency and more. More than that, it can take many long years or even decades to replace a mature tree that has been removed. If you are concerned about the health of a tree or about how it may impact your home or safety, a smart idea is to consult with an arborist. A professional may be able to recommend a way to address your concerns while also saving the tree.