Homeowners love trees and for good reason. Not only do they add a touch of beauty and serenity to a front or backyard, but trees also provide shade on a hot day and shelter from the wind and a place for children to play simply by tying a swing to a limb or building a tree house. Trees even make good homes for wildlife such as birds, squirrels, and other animals that are fun to observe.
Unfortunately, however, there may come a time when a tree needs to get removed from the property. Here are three such reasons for tree removal.
Your Tree Poses a Safety Hazard
If your fully mature tree contains limbs or branches that are too close to the house or to power lines, you may simply need to get the tree trimmed. If your tree is leaning to one side, however, it means the root system may be unstable and could fall down without any notice. Since this poses a safety hazard, you probably should get the tree removed.
In order to determine if your tree is dangerous, other signs to look for include:
- It has lots of dead limbs
- It shows symptoms of root damage, such as limited growth or undersized leaves
- It has poor structure
If you notice any of these signs, your tree may need to be removed in order to prevent future accidents.
Your Tree Is Diseased
Just like humans and other living beings, trees can get certain diseases. If caught early enough, many tree diseases can be treated and the tree can be saved. For some trees, however, the disease may spread quickly from one tree to another.
If you want to reduce the chances of more of your trees becoming diseased, you may have to remove the diseased tree. Some of the most common tree diseases include anthracnose, diplodia, and oak wilt. Disease can also weaken the tree, which is another reason to remove it.
Your Tree Is Infested with Insects
Some trees get infested with insects, such as the emerald ash borer, aphids, beetles, and caterpillars. If caught early enough, some of these insects can be killed with insecticides. For example, when applied correctly, emerald ash borer treatment can be up to 95% effective.
In some cases, however, especially when the infestation is not caught in time, the tree will most likely die and will need to be removed.