Trees enhance a property’s curb appeal yet equally problematic when it causes damage to the property. What’s a homeowner to do? The workaround is examining the tree. Determine if the tree does more harm than good by searching the tree for six signs of tree failure.
Location, Location, Location
Trees located too close to the home or near power lines, the tree becomes a hindrance more than an advantage. Trees blossoming near the home have roots that will affect the building structure’s foundation, siding, and walls. The tree’s proximity to the home causes mold, which contains a separate list of problems. Meanwhile, trees near power lines are hazardous. The combination causes a power failure and possible home damage. To avoid personal injury, never prune or trim trees near power lines. Tree removal from a professional is always wise.
It’s natural to trim branches close enough to touch your face because it’s a distraction. Natural tree trimming becomes dangerous when low-hanging branches grow above the roof of the home. When the branches fall, it lands on the roof, causing thousands of dollars to repair. If homeowners or professionals cut limbs and branches and it doesn’t regrow, the limb or branch was dying. Cut low-hanging branches if the tree leans toward the property as well.
Trunk and Root Fungus
While mushrooms around the tree might appear pretty, it’s a sad state of affairs for tree health. Mushrooms, a tree fungus, sometimes indicate rotting within the tree. For confirmation, a tree professional must examine the tree’s health. They can determine whether the damage is reversible or not. Homeowners can examine the trunk and roots for health issues as well. If the mushrooms aren’t causing the tree’s fungus, additional tree fungi do exist, and a professional can warn homeowners about those fungi.
Disease on Branches
A tree with diseased branches affects the tree’s health. As the disease spreads, the tree’s appearance subsides and the tree’s stability weakens. This eventually leads to a tree or branches falling. Besides a tree fungus, discolored leaves, no veins on leaves, odd nodules on leaves, bark bumps, weak/dead branches, and rotting are signs of a diseased tree. Unexpected falling leaves occur due to these conditions. Oftentimes, the disease is treatable. However, don’t save a tree if the disease is too severe. Additionally, an infected tree is prone to additional infections.
Horizontal Tree Roots
Healthy tree roots grow vertically. With so much room underground, roots can spread as far down and wide as necessary. Trees with roots growing horizontally are problematic. In residential areas, horizontal trees, or secondary roots, can invade plumbing pipes, sewer lines, paved driveways, building structures, curb sidewalks, and fencing. Should roots touch those areas during growth, expect thousands of dollars in damages. Exposed horizontal roots create a hump causing slips, trips, and falls to anyone walking past it. Lawn maintenance is impossible too due to root exposure. A possibility is a tree professional eliminating the dangerous roots without harming the tree. The more fitting scenario is cutting down the entire tree.
Pests Invading the Tree
Birds and squirrels naturally turn trees into a livable area. If worms, scorpions, insects, and rodents are using the tree as a hangout with the birds and squirrels, cutting the tree down is a nifty solution. It’s worse if the insects invade the property. Expect the irritable creatures to come quicker on fruit trees and diseased trees. If cutting the tree because of animals is too drastic, hire an exterminator first to see if the creatures don’t return.
As always, contact a licensed tree professional to examine the tree thoroughly and offer an evaluation before taking action. These six warning signs are common reasons to remove a tree or save it. Homeowners can plant new trees in a safer location to replenish the lost tree to elevate curb appeal.