Trees add so much to the landscape: elegance, color, and stability (not to mention oxygen and temperature control). But sometimes, a tree has to go. Learn to tell the difference between a stable tree and an unstable one.
How to Tell When It’s Time (to Chop Down That Tree)
- Check the location. No matter how well landscapers plan, sometimes trees grow into dangerous spaces. If a tree grows too close to power lines, underground piping, walkways and driveways, or the house, it has officially become a hazard. Contact a tree removal service about removing dangerous trees.
- Study the trunk. A leaning tree doesn’t necessarily mean it’s about to break free. Trees with curved trunks have grown at an angle. These trees often grow branches on the bare side to compensate for the weight. If a tree looks more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, however, it’s likely that the integrity of the root system has been compromised.
- Watch the branches. With winter coming up, the likelihood of losing branches to ice or wind increases. If trees have heavy branches that could break windows or crush cars, take preventative measures and trim those heavy branches before disaster strikes.
- Examine the leaves, branches, and bark. Disease is another disaster that brings trees down in a hurry. Examine the outside of the tree to determine if there’s trouble down the line. Diseased trees may grow fungus or bumps, lose leaves frequently, or have numerous dying branches.
How to Minimize Damaged Trees
Minimize lost trees by taking care during the planting process. Always plant the root bulb deeply enough. Scout a spot far away from power lines and building foundations, factoring in the full canopy of the tree variety when it’s full grown. Water and feed new trees regularly to reduce the chance of disease.
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