Exploring the Most Common Reasons for Tree Removal

Posted by Tim White

Trees are a truly beautiful and beneficial part of the world around us. However, there are situations when having them in your yard may be doing more harm than good to the environment. In this case, it may be best to remove hazardous trees and plant new ones. A dead tree could drop onto your property’s roof or it can be a fire danger. You may be well aware that dead trees need to be removed but many people fail to properly asses the situation and end up doing more harm.

When it comes to getting rid of a problematic tree, it may seem easy to just grab a chainsaw and cut it down. However, tree removal is a complex task that should be left in the hands of professionals. A simple mistake can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. So, it is worth paying a little extra to protect yourself from potential headaches? Definitely! Here are some of the reasons why you should consider removing a tree.

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Signs of Fungal Infection

There are various different species of fungi that can infect trees. Most of them are not that serious and some just cause spots on the leaves. However, when a tree starts to develop larger cankers or wounds in its trunk, or there are brackets growing out of its trunk, branches or roots, these are signs of a more serious fungal infection. In this case, hiring residential tree services is your best bet as the professionals will examine your tree to determine the fungal disease that is causing the problem. If they find some serious disease, it might be best to remove the tree to prevent the infection from spreading.

Badly Damaged Branches

Generally, when a tree is damaged by a storm, only the damaged branches need to be removed for the tree to recover. But if the tree is damaged to the point that most of its major branches have cracked and need to be removed, it may no longer have enough leaves to absorb sunlight and sustain life. Removing the tree before it dies completely will eliminate the risk of the tree falling on your house or another nearby structure.

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The Tree is Overhanging the Roof

If there is only a branch or two overhanging your roof, you can simply trim those branches periodically. But if a bigger part of the tree is overhanging your roof or you fear that the wind may blow branches onto your roof during a storm, you should consider having the tree removed. Even if the tree’s branches are not directly touching the roof, the shade from the tree can cause moss growth, leading to premature foot deterioration.

The Tree is Close to a Power Line

Trimming trees that are touching a power line is a very dangerous task. In fact, a tree can present a hazard even before it actually reaches the power lines as electricity can arc from the line to some of the tree’s branches. If you have a tree that is growing underneath or towards a line, your best bet is hiring residential tree services in order to remove it.

Tree Roots Growing Into Your Main Sewer Line

In this case, the best long-term solution is to remove the tree that’s causing the problem. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep calling a plumber, year after year, to remove the roots and clear the clogged pipe. Also, if you notice that a tree is growing in the drain field, it should be removed as soon as possible. Its roots might compact the soil, making the drain field less effective at filtering out waste. Experts recommend leaving at least 15 meters between most trees and the edges of your drain field.

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