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When a tree develops issues, it can be hard to decide whether it's time to remove it or not.
Dying trees that are not at risk of falling on individuals or structures are often allowed to die in situ with no human intervention. Old dead trees serve as places for varied species of birds and wildlife to seek out food, shelter and an area to nest. If money is not an issue and the landowner would like to retain the tree for as long as possible, then the tree can be maintained for several years by removing all dead or decaying parts and performing regular inspections .
Unfortunately, continually removing dead wood is costly and occasionally, neighbouring residents become involved worrying about the likelihood that the tree might fall on their property. Trees provide shade and hold soil in place, help keep air and water clean, increase property value and provide beauty.
Before you decide to remove your tree you should ask yourself a number of important questions:
Is a tree worth keeping?
Undesirable trees such as Poplar, Leylandii, Lawsons Cypress and willows. Characteristics that make some trees “undesirable” include: damaged or snappy wood, prone to frequent breakage, shallow roots that protrude from lawns and footpaths, often infected with diseases or insects specific to the tree species or the tree could be an invasive species.
Is the Tree Healthy?
If 50 percent of the tree is in bad repair, it more than likely needs to be felled. A tree that is in decline can still survive for several years, however it will invariably have restricted or abnormal growth and form. Trees that have been damaged by weed killer often have deformed leaves, but often will recover.
Is there damage to the main stem?
Vertical cracks, dead branch stubs and mature, older wounds suggest internal decay. Severe damage to the main stem typically warrants removal of the tree. If the portion of damaged wood is less than 30 % of the circumference of the stem, the wound could eventually heal over and no permanent damage would be caused.
Does it have a hollow stem?
Because the life support of a tree is on the outer edges of the trunk many trees can live for years with a hollow trunk. The main problem is a weakening of the main stem making the tree dangerous. A guide to help in deciding is that if 30% of the middle of the tree is hollow or rotten, removal is usually the safest option.
Does have the tree have dead and dying branches?
Mature trees that have had their crown broken or large fractured limbs are a danger to public and property. If less than 25% of branches are broken, the tree will probably survive. Crossing and rubbing limbs should be removed. V shaped unions on main branches and on the main trunk are extremely vulnerable to failure and must be addressed. This is best done when the tree is young. If a limb is too big to remove both co-dominant leaders may be cabled to alleviate the strain and avoid breakage. This procedure must be performed by a specialist tree surgeon and checked by an arborist.
Has one side of the tree died or is dying?
If it is, the tree will be one sided and most likely dangerous. Dead branches that are all on one side of a tree can be an indication of basal rot on the affected side. Such trees should be surveyed by a certified arboricultural consultant.
Epicormic growth (sucker growth)?
These suckers are a response to severe stress indicating a problem with the tree. This is very typical of trees that have suffered root damage from excavations on construction sites. Have such trees evaluated by an specialist. This can be an indication that all isn't well with the tree.
Not all fungi growing at the base of trees are to do with root diseases, but mushrooms growing on the tree are an indication of internal rot and must be evaluated by an certified arboriculture consultant.
Leaning trees are clearly more dangerous than those growing straight up. A tree which develops a sudden lean indicates failure or damage to roots and the tree ought to be removed straight away by a specialist tree surgeon.
A tree that is growing into electricity lines will need to be pruned back. During wet weather, electricity can arc as much as 10 feet to wet tree foliage resulting in electricity failure or damage to property. Removal of tree limbs anywhere close to power lines is not a job for members of the public to attempt themselves. Accidentally touching electricity lines with ladders tools or any other implements can be catastrophic!!! Always use a qualified tradesperson for these dangerous jobs.
The trees past history?
Previous pruning jobs can cause many issues years down the line. The resulting situation that follows the popular but outdated practice of, “topping” trees is probable rot, and breakage of the regrown branches which grow rapidly following the topping. A change in the soil level over base of the tree is another explanation for a gradual decline of trees. It only takes 3 inches of soil heaped around a trees base to cause future issues. If caught early before stress symptoms develop many trees will be saved.
Is the tree just in the wrong place?
Another vital consideration that needs to be taken into account when deciding to remove a tree is its environment.
Trees growing on rock ledges or near water regularly have shallow root systems. The removal of nearby trees is a common downside following new construction. Unfortunately, trees that are spared from removal when carrying out construction usually die 3-5 years later.
Proximity to buildings?
When it comes to property, trees hanging over the roof of your house are never an ideal situation. Generally mature trees ought to be at least twenty feet from your house. On the other hand little trees, such as a mountain ash, may be planted a little closer.
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