THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE REMOVING A TREE FROM YOUR PROPERTY
Trees play an important role in our communities. They clean the air, slow water runoff, provide a buffer for noise pollution, prevent soil erosion, and much more. They do more than just add additional shade to your property. However, some homeowners may decide that tree removal is an option they would like to consider. They might have struck a problem, don’t understand tree maintenance, or believe their tree is diseased and beyond saving.
Before you unnecessarily remove a tree, consider the following, it may change your mind.
SIGNS OF DISEASE
Trees get sick. Human actions and environmental factors can both play a part in tree disease. Even though a tree may not look healthy enough to survive, early intervention can stop tree removal from being the only option left.
Look out for signs of bacteria and fungi. These often present as brown-grey wilting leaves, cankers, root rot, and decay. In the absence of these, see if you can spot water-logging around the tree, exposed or damaged roots, dry soil, or new construction and recent earthworks near your tree. Any of these could be a contributing factor to your tree’s sickness..
Trees can even be impacted by changes in water, poisoning or contamination, sun scorch, and root damage and/or disturbance.
Fortunately, not all tree disease has to end in tree removal. The sooner you contact tree care experts, the earlier you can learn about your potential treatment options
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STRATEGIC TREE PLANTING
The average homeowner can benefit significantly from planting trees. Not only do local wildlife have somewhere to call home, but you also get to enjoy privacy and shade. However, to avoid potential tree removal in the future, consider your tree placement carefully.
Identify obstacles in your yard that a large tree’s growth could impact. Ensure you plant them away from power lines, underground utility lines, and structures. Even something as simple as foliage landing in your gutters can cause problems down the road.
Rather than guess about tree placement and planting, do your homework. Contact an expert who can identify potential hazards and risk factors.
WATER YOUR TREES
While you might know about the importance of watering your vegetable and flower patches, what about your trees? As strong and healthy as your trees may appear without your help, they need regular access to water.
If it doesn’t rain, mature trees require around an inch of water each week.
New trees need about 5 gallons of water every 2-3 days, with the amount adjusted for very dry or very wet conditions.
Mature trees, while a little more self-sufficient, may still require a helping hand. Water around the outer half of the area that sits under the canopy. Refrain from watering trees directly next to the trunk, for this could put your tree at risk of root rot and disease.
Water deeply, rather than frequently, let your hose run lightly for half an hour every 10 days to four weeks. If you notice water running off, stop watering until it drains and begin again.
How much you water can depend on your tree’s age, weather, root and soil condition, and species. If you’re unsure about your tree’s watering requirements, consult a tree care expert.
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PRUNE YOUR TREES
Tree pruning and tree trimming can be an extensive project for people who lack the know-how or equipment for large tree trimming. However, rather than go down the removal route, there are other options.
Education can be a vital component in making sure your trees remain looking their best. This can involve removing deadwood and trimming to improve the tree’s structure.
The best time to take care of major pruning tasks is when the tree is going dormant and in the winter, you can focus on the smaller jobs, such as removing dead, damaged, or small twigs.
If you’re the proud owner of large trees, certified arborists can carry out many tree maintenance tasks at any height.
ASK THE TREE CARE EXPERTS
Many homeowners consider tree removal when they are not sure how to resolve their tree-related problems, or their tree affects neighboring properties. While tree felling is a possibility in many circumstances, it doesn’t have to be your only choice.
If you’re unsure how to remedy your tree care worries, bring in experts for an evaluation. They can identify any causes of disease, point out risky branches, and even be the expert voice for taking care of a property line tree problem between neighbors.
CONSIDER YOUR REASON FOR REMOVING THE TREE
Finally, consider why you want to remove the tree. Are you not getting enough sunlight? Is it an obstacle blocking a view? Is the tree in poor health? For as many tree-related problems, there are tree care solutions.
All that’s left to do now is phone an arborist, communicate your problem, and rely on a tree expert to come up with a solution.
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