Let’s get one thing straight before we dive in. As much as possible, you need to save your trees. If you’ve got great ornamental or fruit trees and in your front yard, back yard, or wherever else around your house, your default position should be to save your trees.
As you probably already know, it takes a long time to grow a beautiful tree. A tree also helps the earth heal, recover, and process all sorts of toxins. A tree also makes for a great home for all sorts of wildlife, whether they are visible to the naked eye or not. A tree also does wonders for the organic chemistry of the soil when properly maintained.
With all that said, in certain situations, the tree has to go. You have to bite the bullet, get off the fence, and make a call. It’s not going to be pleasant because you are dealing with a living entity. However, for a wide variety of reasons which I will outline below, the tree has to be removed.
If you have decided to remove the tree, it’s really important to make sure that you get professional tree removal services. Just like with anything else in life, tree removal can be done the easy way and the hard way. Believe it or not, the easy way and hard way kind of lines up with doing things the right way and the wrong way. When you do things the wrong way, you are almost always doing things the hardest way possible.
This is why it’s really important to get all the professional guidance you need to make sure that tree removal would not open a can of worms later on. You’re trying to avoid unnecessary drama, not create new ones down the road. Unfortunately, if you assume a very casual attitude towards tree removal, it’s anybody’s guess what kind of situation you will find yourself in a few years down the road.
Tree Removal Process
Make no mistake about it, bad tree removal processes can set in motion all sorts of problems that would come to haunt you sooner rather than later. Keep this in mind. Before we get there, however, you have to ask yourself, what are the signs that I would need to have my tree removed? Here are the seven signs that you would probably need tree removal services.
Sign #1: Your tree is obviously rotted
Take a look at the bark of your tree. Take a look at the part of the tree that sticks out from near the roots. If you notice that these parts are rotted, not just on the surface, but all the way through, your tree is on its last legs.
While it can experience a miracle, and this does happen quite a bit, chances are your tree has been structurally compromised. It’s more dead than alive. This is a serious problem because if your tree is very heavy or there are unpredictable winds that go through your area, it’s anybody’s guess where your tree will end up.
If your tree is located at a fairly safe distance away from your home, then this would be a safer situation than if you have a rotted tree barely standing right next to your roof. If you’re still having a tough time making the call, imagine your kids playing in the yard. Imagine yourself doing something in the yard, or doing something in the portion of the home where the tree is right in front of. Do you see how this works? I hope you can connect the dots here.
Sign #2: Your tree is tilting dangerously over your house
Even if your tree is fairly healthy, if it’s tilting towards your house, you are taking a calculated risk. The important here is it must be calculated. Unfortunately, most people insist on having a tree that they forgot all about the calculation. They’re just focused on taking the risk.
In fact, in many cases, they’re even completely clueless about the fact that they’re taking a risk. You have to calculate the probability of the tree falling down and factor in how much it would cost in terms of health insurance, homeowner insurance, structural damage, and all the foreseen and unforeseen, and direct and consequential costs. It will blow your mind. This is why it’s really important to look at a tilting tree and not hope for the best. Assume worst case scenario and then start thinking about taking calculated risks at that point.
Sign #3: Your tree is tilting over your wall or fence
Now, a lot of American home owners think that fencing is cheap. A lot of home owners think that getting a wall done is not that big of a deal. Well, it all depends on the type of fencing you have. It also depends on the kind of materials you use to construct your wall.
Make no mistake about it, having a crushed wall or a busted fence can be a serious issue not just for your wallet, but also for your standing in the community. You have to remember that your neighbors have better things to do with their time than worrying about when you’re going to get your act together to fix your wall or fence.
This can cost all sorts of unnecessary strains and tensions in the community. You’re better off not having that strain and tension appear. Do yourself a big favor and make sure that you come up with some alternative plans if your tree is tilting to one side over your wall or fence.
Sign #4: Your tree grows faster than you can trim it
If you have a perfectly healthy tree that doesn’t pose any danger or doesn’t tilt at all, you might think that you’re out in the clear. You might think that everything is hunky-dory and you have nothing to worry about. This is absolutely wrong, seriously. You need to also factor in how fast the tree is growing.
You have to remember that as a responsible adult home owner, you are in charge of trimming your tree. You don’t want your tree shedding all over the place. You don’t want your tree shedding fruit that rots and stinks up the place. Do you see how this works? You have to get involved. You have to take the initiative to trim it.
Now, intellectually, this makes all the sense in the world and most people can commit to trimming their tree. The problem is they can commit mentally but when it comes to practical implementation, they fall flat. Why? Life happens when you’re making other plans. You may have all the best plans for your tree, but it turns out that you can barely find time for yourself. That’s how busy most Americans are so you need to get real as to how much time you really have to actively manage your tree.
If your tree is growing faster than you can trim it, it’s only a matter of time until you have an over grown tree that poses a serious risk, looks nasty, and stinks up the place, or at the very least, blasts leaves all over your property and adjacent properties.
Sign #5: Tree roots have torn up your sidewalk
Trees can cause problems not just with their trunks branches and leaves, they can cause havoc with their roots as well. There are many older communities in the United States with trees planted a long, long time ago. In fact, a lot of these trees are over 100 years old. When you look at their sidewalks, you’d be surprised as to how busted up or damaged they are.
When a tree gets older, its roots expand underground and they can push up against concrete sidewalks and cause a lot of problems. Not only do busted sidewalks look bad, but they can also expose you to all sorts of legal liability. If somebody is walking within your property line and your tree destroyed the sidewalk and somebody slips and falls, you might be legally liable. You might be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Sign #6: Your tree dries out almost thoroughly during the summer
If you live in the part of the country that has really dry summers, you need to listen up. If your tree goes through cyclical drying, meaning it dries out during the summer and then rehydrates during the fall or winter, you might have a serious problem in your hands. Because a thoroughly dried out tree can tilt, it can be structurally compromised, or it can be very vulnerable when subjected to strong wind pressure.
Whatever the case may be, if your tree is the type that almost totally dries out, you might want to think seriously about having that tree removed. It might be causing more problems that it’s worth.
Sign #7: Your tree has gotten in the way of your landscaping plans
I’ve reserved this sign for last because this, really, is the shallowest reason why you should take out a tree. But let’s get real here, your landscaping plans, as well as the cosmetic look you have in mind for your front yard or back yard, are also important. We’d just be fooling each other if we pretend that this factor doesn’t exist.
You might need tree removal services if your tree is not going to fit your landscaping plans. If it’s going to get in the way of the look that you’re looking for, it may be a good idea to hire a professional tree removal service so you can landscape your property properly.