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Is It Time For Removal? Questions To Ask When Examining Trees On Your Property

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Are the trees on your property a source of pleasant memories? Many homeowners regard their aging trees fondly and find joy from having them on the property. Unfortunately, falling trees and limbs can crush roofs, cars, and patio furniture and, in unlucky circumstances may even severely injure people. Unhealthy trees are at a greater risk of breaking suddenly, so it's important for you to regularly inspect the trees on your property and ask yourself some questions to ascertain the health of your trees. In some cases, contacting a tree service contractor to remove unhealthy trees is the best course of action to prevent possible damage to you and your property.

Is Your Tree Growing At An Angle?

Growing at a slight angle is usually not too much of a problem for trees, but they should be carefully monitored. As the tree grows, it will become more and more top-heavy and will eventually snap at the trunk. This is quite certainly a severe danger to you and your property! An arborist can determine how soon a tree growing at an angle will need to be removed.

A tree that suddenly begins leaning at its base when it was not before, such as after a strong storm, needs to be removed by a tree service contractor immediately; this indicates that its root system is no longer able to correctly attach to the soil. The problem will continue to get worse until the tree finally topples.

Are Your Tree's Trunk And Limbs Healthy?

The trunk and branches of the tree should be examined thoroughly; you're looking for visible signs of damage, rot or fungal growth. Mushrooms growing near the base of the tree are sometimes also indicators of rot occurring on the inside of the tree or in the root system. The good news is that many trees can repair damage to their trunk and branches over time and live healthily.

Unfortunately, it's not possible to examine the inside of the trunk of the tree, which is where many rot problems occur. Rot and damage on the inside of the trunk will eventually spread throughout the tree, weakening it. This makes it much more likely that one of the limbs of the tree will snap suddenly, especially in severe weather.

Is Your Tree Losing Its Branches And Leaves?

It's common for trees to lose branches during wind and rain, but if your tree is losing them when the weather is nice, then that is a definite sign that your tree is distressed. A similar sign is your tree losing its leaves earlier in the season than other comparable trees in your yard. This can be due to a number of factors, such as root overcrowding from neighboring trees, rot, parasites, or fungus. You should consult a tree service contractor to determine the cause of your tree's declining health and decide the best course of action.

Keep these questions in mind when examining the trees in your yard for possible signs of damage. A tree with extensive trunk and branch damage due to rot is much more dangerous to remove than trees that are still relatively healthy, and this will make tree removal more expensive due to the extra care and safety equipment needed for removal. Keep in mind that falling trees are a major source of property damage as well, so removing it before it has the chance to break may save you costly repair bills in the future!

Contact a company like Carlos Tree Service Inc to have your trees inspected.