Trees are not only important to the environment but they’re also important to your home’s landscaping. In fact, well-maintained shrubs and trees can increase your home’s resale value by up to 14%. Of course, it’s necessary to take good care of your property’s trees to continue enjoying their benefits. Unfortunately, there are times when we need to remove the trees on our properties to guarantee the health and safety of our loved ones and our homes. Here are some of the most common warning signs your tree may need to be removed.
Your tree has old wounds
If your tree has older wounds such as vertical cracks, seams, or stubs from old, dead branches, it could be a sign that your tree has internal decay. Sometimes the tree can heal from a wound if the affected area is less than 25% the circumference of your tree’s trunk. However, if your tree service suggests that the damage could spread, it may be in your best interest to schedule a tree removal.
Dead and damaged branches can also fall off, posing safety hazards when they break and fall without any warning. According to OSHA, falling trees kill over 100 people every year. These branches should be identified and removed, or if there are more than a few weak branches on the verge of falling off, the entire tree may be removed.
Your tree is encroaching
Trees on or near plot boundaries can be a nuisance and cause unwanted interference and aggravation between neighbors on adjacent properties. If this happens, the tree needs to be removed to restore peace with your neighbor.
You may have planted trees on your land close to the land boundary, and when they grow and become fully mature, their canopy overhangs on the neighboring plot. If this happens and the neighbors raise valid concerns about the tree or its branches falling on their property and regular tree pruning isn’t a viable option, then tree removal is a reasonable option.
Your tree has storm damage
Storms are a force to be reckoned with. Even after a small storm, it is important to inspect the trees around your property for damage. Involve a professional in the inspection of the trees so they assess the storm damage on trees- especially those with shallow, fibrous roots. Such trees may seem sturdy and stable while they are not, and in this case, tree removal is the right step to take.
Your tree is infected with fungi
Significant fungi on your tree can be a major sign of decay. Mushrooms are the most common fungi that can be seen growing on a tree trunk or around its base. When you notice mushrooms on and around your tree, this is a possible indication that the tree is infected and dying. You should ask a professional tree removal service to inspect the tree.
If you’re looking to have a tree removed from your property or suspect that your tree may be on its last legs, the professional tree removal team at Freedom Tree Service can help. Contact us today for more information.