As a homeowner, you love your trees. The last thing you want to do is have them removed from your property. They provide relaxing shade, act as noise barriers, and increase the curb appeal and value of your home. Unfortunately, all trees have to be removed at some point in their lifetime because they become too old, diseased, or pose some other danger. Continue reading to learn more about how you can decide when it is time to remove trees on your property.
Do a Visual Inspection
If you are concerned about a tree on your property falling or even losing a branch, you can assess the situation with a visual inspection. You want to stand somewhere so that you can see the entire tree. Look to see if the tree is leaning unnaturally or if any branches are low to the ground or look heavy. If you notice any of these signs, you should call an arborist to find out if your tree needs to be removed.
You should also inspect the tree close up. Start with the roots. If the roots look damaged or show signs of decay, the tree could fall because the structure has weakened. Check the base of the tree and the ground next. If you see a gap, the tree is not as structurally sound as it once was.
The trunk of the tree could also indicate troubles. If the tree has cavities or cracks in it, the structure could be an issue. An arborist will know if a cavity is too large for the tree to remain safely standing. Any missing bark on the tree points to decay, disease, rot, or death of the tree. Fungus and what looks like sawdust around the tree are also indicators that you need someone to take a closer look at the tree.
Have a Professional Inspection
If you notice any of the signs above, you need to call a professional to determine if the problems are actually indicators that your tree needs to come down.
Additionally, if you are worried about a tree's branches, an arborist can do a canopy inspection of the tree. A canopy inspection is something that only a professional can do because it is dangerous and requires extensive knowledge of trees. The inspection will find any branches that are dangerous or dead, even if there are no signs from the ground that there is a problem.
The arborist will know if you need to remove the entire tree because of structural issues, disease, or decay. They will also be able to remove branches that are dying, dead, or unsafe so that you can keep your tree when possible.
For more information, contact Pioneer Tree & Landscape, Inc. or a similar company.