Trees can add beauty to your garden and attract wildlife, but they can also cause problems. If you have a large, mature tree on your property you may be wondering if it's best to have it removed, and there are a number of factors you should take into consideration when making that decision. Here's an overview of five circumstances that would warrant the removal of a tree from your property:
The Trunk Is Damaged
A damaged trunk is weak and may not be able to withstand the weight of the tree. Don't risk the tree falling and causing damage to your property or injuring someone. Signs of trunk damage to look out for include vertical cracks and cavities. Mushrooms growing out of the base of the trunk can indicate internal trunk rot.
The Tree Is Dying
A dying tree is a hazard for two reasons: Firstly, decomposing branches can break off the tree on a windy day, which can cause damage to your property, and the whole tree can come down if it's badly decomposed. Secondly, pests are attracted to the living environment offered by dying trees, so you could find yourself dealing with termites or rats. Signs of a dying tree include bark loss, fungus growth and discolouration of the leaves.
It's A Vulnerable Species
Certain species are more susceptible to developing diseases, have weak wood or have far-reaching, shallow roots that can damage lawns and pavements. Weak branches are prone to breaking off and diseases can quickly spread to healthy trees, so if you have a vulnerable species in your garden, it's best to have it removed to avoid the risk of damage to your property. If you're not sure what species of trees you have in your garden, a tree surgeon can identify them for you. Examples of vulnerable species include mulberry, willow and box elder.
It's Leaning To One Side
A leaning tree can be dangerous as growing out diagonally can weaken the root system. A weak root system can cause the tree to fall at any time, so this is a particularly dangerous situation if the tree is near your house or a neighbour's house. Look out for exposed roots and cracks in the soil surrounding the tree, which indicate the root system has been compromised.
There Isn't Enough Growing Space
If you have a tree that's growing close to your home, you should consider whether it could damage your house as it continues to grow. Potential problems include blocked guttering from overhanging branches, roof damage from broken branches and damage to the foundations of your home as the tree's roots spread.
If you have a tree that meets any of the above criteria, contact a local tree surgeon to have the tree assessed. They can discuss removal techniques with you and check on the condition of any other trees on your property. Contact a company like Waratah Tree Services if you have more questions.