There are many excellent reasons to remove trees, but consider alternatives before deciding that a tree should be removed. Even dead or dying trees may serve better left as they are.
Things to consider before flagging a tree for removal:
A dead or nearly dead tree. A dead tree that is likely to strike property or people if it fails should be removed. A dead tree left too long may be extremely expensive to remove if it cannot be falled. Professional arborists know how hazardous and unpredictable dead trees can be and will use the safest techniques available to ensure that injuries to workers will not occur. If you have a tree that is clearly dying but not yet dead, and it will become a threat to property, do not wait!
If a dead or nearly dead tree poses no hazard it may be better to let it fall apart slowly and become a haven for wildlife. Enjoy the new perspective that this tree offers. Not every tree needs to be a picture postcard lollipop of symmetry.
Trees need to be removed for construction. Time removals when fences are down and before new construction is started. Trees that can be felled are cheaper to remove than trees that must be taken down carefully in small pieces to avoid freshly laid turf or other yard amenities and moved through gates.
Trees broken or toppled by storm events. Trees that have fallen on buildings or hung up in other trees usually must be pieced down carefully to avoid additional damage to buildings or other trees. Even trees that are apparently completely downed may harbor tremendous compression or torsional forces. Extreme care is required to manage downed and partially downed trees.
However, trees don’t always need to be removed if they are damaged or even uprooted. We can often cable or bolt split stems and even upright small downed trees.
A leaning tree. Many leaning trees pose no hazard. Trees often lean to seek light. Even trees that may have developed a lean due to unstable roots when young, will straighten as their roots retrench. If the top growth of a leaning tree is straight, the tree may be just fine. Leans less than approximately 35 degrees can often be sustained by healthy trees with good root development.
We recommend that trees with leans and any large tree that could strike property be checked after hard rains and high winds for signs of soil upheaval or erosion. Become familiar with your trees and look for changes after severe weather events. Heaving soil or significant erosion around roots are signs that a tree has or may become unstable.
Many homeowners think that falling a leaning tree is easy, but in fact large forces in the tree may make attempts to cut it more hazardous than a relatively straight and balanced tree.
Bark cracks, oozing stuff, insect holes or fungal bodies on the base of the tree or on its main roots. These are signs that should not be ignored. Call us to determine whether a tree that you are worried is or will become a hazard.
The canopy of the tree becoming sparser each year and large limbs are dying. The tree may be better removed, or in the case of a valuable tree, ‘retrenchment’ pruning may be worth the cost.
Danged gumballs. Instead of removing a sweetgum tree that provides great shade and beauty to your property, consider spending the money otherwise spent on removal on a serious blower. Simply blow the balls off the lawn from time to time. Of course, we can remove healthy unwanted trees, but we always suggest other solutions before removing good trees.