Is Your Tree Too Dangerous?
Many who are concerned about protecting trees might object when they hear that one of their trees need to be felled. Tree removals are not bad for the environment if the tree would have fallen anyway and tree removals can ensure that the tree does not topple in a dangerous manner. If you’re worried an aging tree may be presenting a hazard to you or others, read on to find out when it’s best to remove a tree:
Some trees lean, but a dangerous tree will seem to lean more and more week after week. Pay close attention to the tree and try to determine if the extent to where it leans is growing. You may want to take a few pictures from a fixed point to measure any changes in the trees lean.
When trees are damaged, through storms, herbicides or through other means, they can sometimes heal and continue to thrive. However, if more than half of the tree has become damaged, it is probably better to eliminate it. At that point, the tree is unlikely to recover and will probably topple over. It is better to remove it in a controlled manner than to allow it to fall on its own.
The damage that is the greatest sign of a doomed tree is damage done to the trunk. Old wounds that never seem to heal on the trunk can indicate internal decay that will eventually destroy the tree. Tree trunk damage that is more than 25% of the tree is unlikely to heal.
Just because the trunk is hollow doesn’t mean that the tree is dead. The outer edges of the tree can contain living tissues that can continue to support the tree. However, if more than a third of the trunk is hollow, the tree’s integrity will likely be jeopardized and the tree is likely to fall over.
Trees can sometimes develop multiple trunks, which can be potentially dangerous. V-shaped or U-shaped trees can have weak spots that can cause the tree to split in two. Also, if an event causes the tree to split, it will be unstable even if it has living tissue. Cracks that extend through the trunk can also kill the tree.
The ground should be inspected to make sure that all is well with the tree. If the soil is contaminated or has too much moisture, the roots can rot. This will cause the tree to become unstable and the tree will also likely perish because it will have no source of nutrients or water. Not only will you need to remove the tree, but you’ll need to correct the soil problem before you can add a new tree.
To learn more, contact a company like Affordable Tree Care with any questions or concerns you might have.