While we love our trees, unfortunately, there are times when a tree cannot be saved and must be removed. It’s important to inquire about tree removal as soon as you notice that a tree has died or is on the verge of dying. It can be a sad moment, especially if you’ve watched the tree grow from a sapling, but it might be necessary. It’s all part of the circle of life.
Of course, not all trees need to be entirely removed. There are many times they can be saved. However, you don’t want to risk thinking that your tree simply needs a good pruning when it really needs to be removed. Here are seven tree removal reasons for you to think about. If you’re unsure whether your tree needs to be removed or not, call a professional such as Mr. Tree to get their opinion.
The Trees Have Died
There are many ways to help prevent trees from dying, such as calling in an arborist to do routine maintenance. However, it’s not always enough. If a tree reaches the point of dying, there’s no choice but to remove it. A tree that’s no longer alive will lose its strength. As you can imagine, this is extremely dangerous.
If a tree weakens too much, it may not be able to withstand wind, extra weight, rain, snow, or other natural elements. Additionally, it may no longer be strong enough to hold its branches, causing them to fall from the tree. This weakening could result in the tree falling—which could damage property or, even worse, injure someone who is passing by.
In addition to the above, dead or dying trees can become an attractive home for pests. Who wants that on their property? The longer you wait to remove a tree, the more that it decays. The more that this happens, the more dangerous it becomes.
The Trees Are Diseased
The trees may still be living, but if they are diseased, it can be better to remove them from your property before the disease progresses and they get worse. Of course, some diseases can be easily treated, but this isn’t the case for all of them. Disease is one of the main causes of a tree dying, so why not take care of the problem before it escalates? By removing the tree once you’ve confirmed it’s diseased, you’re helping to avoid further weakening.
Furthermore, removing a tree that is diseased sooner rather than later helps prevent it from spreading the disease to other nearby trees and plants.
The Trees Are Damaged
While you might be careful to avoid damaging your trees, damage from forces that are out of our control can happen, such as from heavy wind or rain, an ice storm, or nearby construction. Animals and people (such as in a car accident) can also have a damaging effect on trees.
If a tree, or even just the branches, is severely compromised by anything, it may be safer to remove the tree completely. Additionally, if the trunk of the tree has suffered any harm, tree removal may be necessary as well, since the trunk is the base of the tree. Keeping a damaged tree up can lead to the same liability issues mentioned above with diseased or dying trees.
The Trees Are Not in a Good Location
If a tree is planted too close to your home, office, building, etc., it can cause issues to these places when it grows bigger. For instance, the roots can disturb the foundation of a building. This is also the case if the tree was planted in an area with lots of power lines and seems to be growing into them, or if the tree was planted with roots that are too close to water lines, sewers, or sidewalks.
If there’s a chance that a tree is going to cause a problem like one of these down the line, it might be simplest to remove—or even transplant—the tree before the problem arises.
The Trees Add More Mess Than Beauty
Not all trees are easy to maintain. As beautiful as they may be, they can be messy and a lot of work. This isn’t something that everyone is up for. If your tree is constantly dropping things on your home or another area of your property that’s disturbing your day-to-day life, it may be worth it to consider removing the tree. You have a lot going on in your life; do you really need to worry about cleaning up leaves, seeds, fruit, needles, etc. daily? If you don’t want to deal with the mess, consider removing the tree and replacing it with a tree that’s easier to maintain.
The Trees Were Not Planted Well
Maybe your tree wasn’t planted correctly. Issues such as too much shade or sun, inappropriate soil type, or shallow roots can result in unhealthy trees down the road. Furthermore, if multiple trees are planted too close together, one tree can cause problems for nearby trees. This might mean one tree is crowding others, blocking out sunlight, or depriving other trees of vital nutrients in the soil. With that in mind, it’s a good practice to have a professional tree service help with the planting from the beginning.
The Trees Block Your View
This reason is not as critical as the above, but it can be one of your tree removal reasons. If a tree has grown larger than you anticipated and is now blocking your favorite view or ruining your curb appeal, that can be a reason to remove the tree. If it’s on your property, you have the right to remove it if you would like and have your favorite view restored.
We hate to see any tree go, but the above are seven possible reasons for tree removal. Sometimes it’s necessary and there are no other options. If you’re concerned as to whether your tree needs to be removed or not, call a professional in to give their opinion. They will be able to tell you if the tree is too damaged or diseased to stand, if it has the potential to grow too close to the foundation of your building, or if it was not planted well from the start. We’re happy to stop by and give your trees a look. Just call us today!