There are few features on a homeowner’s property that can bring as much satisfaction as trees. They have a multitude of benefits, from providing shade, increasing curb appeal, providing a source of privacy and protection from heavy winds, and many others. Keeping trees on your property is absolutely a worthwhile investment and is highly recommended. However, sometimes it becomes necessary for tree removal. Many homeowners have no idea when this should be done, or how to go about it. This article will advise you when it might be necessary, based on the climates and local laws here in Oregon:
The tree is dead
This one may sound obvious, however it is important to note as dead trees can pose a risk to people and property. If you think your tree may be dead or dying, contact a tree service immediately. It is not advisable to leave a potential safety hazard standing in your yard. Aside from the risk of falling, dead trees attract undesirable insect pests such as termites, which can then move from the tree into your home. To determine if your tree is dead or dying, check the trunk first. If you see that it is beginning to form large cracks, this is a sign of a tree that is very unhealthy, if not already dead. The branches are another good indicator of the tree’s health. If you notice that they are not growing leaves, even if it’s not autumn yet, that can also be a telltale sign of a dead tree. Shelf fungus growing on the outside of your tree is a sign that the wood inside is rotting; this also probably means the tree is dead, and the wood is softening. If you see any of these signs, contact a tree service immediately! They will be able to assess the health of the tree and tell you if it is in fact dead. If so, they will also be able to remove the tree from your property and even help you plant a new one if you want.
The tree is heavily damaged
Sometimes a major storm can blast through your area and leave even large, strong trees heavily damaged. Limbs may be cracked and branches may be hurled far away from the tree itself, or the tree may have blown over. If you have recently had extreme weather in your area, then you should have a tree service assess the safety of your tree. They can remove any damaged limbs for you and advise you on whether or not it is safe to leave the tree standing or to remove it. You can also ask a tree service to take preventative measures to protect your tree from coming bad weather, such as installing lightning rods and wind barriers if necessary.
The tree is growing too close to your home
Even a perfectly healthy tree may need to be removed if it begins posing a hazard to the residents of your home or your property. Trees can grow very large, so a tree that was not a problem a few years ago can become dangerous over time. The tree may begin to lean in the direction of your home or towards power lines, or the branches may begin to encroach on your walls or windows. The roots of a tree can also grow out of control; in their aggressive search for water they can damage pipes, pavement, and create other problems if they are not controlled. If you notice that the tree is positioned in such a way that you are worried it may harm your house, call a tree service to evaluate, and remove it if necessary.
The tree has become a nuisance
While trees are beautiful and highly beneficial, it is also possible for them to become a nuisance to homeowners. Often, trees can drop pinecones, rotted fruit and seeds around your property; this can attract unwanted animals such as raccoons, rats, and deer. Insects can also make a home out of your tree, some of which you may not want near your house. The tree can also become a problem in other ways. For example, it may begin to block the view. If you decide that your tree has become an aesthetic problem or that cleaning up after your tree is more trouble than it’s worth, it may be time to agree to tree removal.
The tree is crowding other trees
If you have more than one tree on your property, they may begin to crowd one another. Too many trees competing for the same resources can negatively impact the health of all of them, and you may need to make a decision about which trees you want to keep. This is another situation that will benefit from an assessment by a tree service professional; they will be able to advise you on which trees stand the best chance of health if left in place.
It is not always necessary to remove trees; sometimes, you may be able to leave them in place despite their problems. If it does come to that and your tree service recommends have the tree taken out, they will be able to do so safely. You should never attempt to undertake tree removal on your own as it can be a very dangerous process. Find your local arborist and ask them for a consultation!