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Tree Removal FAQ
Should My Tree Be Removed?
It depends on the tree, and we can’t give you a good answer without looking at it.
Trees are removed for a variety of reasons: failing health, poor location, property development, too much maintenance required, improper pruning in the past, pests, threatening assets below, heart rot, root rot, diseases and much more. There are many factors to consider before reaching a decision.
These factors include: species, age, health, current stability, balance, direction of the lean the tree has, position on the property, surrounding vegetation, rooting habit/soil type, density of the stand, and the ability of the tree to sprout.
As always, we will give you our honest assessment of the condition of the trees on your property and give you the information you need to make the right decision for your trees.
Do Not Remove Trees Without Cause
People tend to remove many more trees than are necessary. The value of a healthy, strong tree on a slope or bluff far outweighs its value as lumber or firewood. A tree should be retained unless it is a hazard to life or property, is growing directly on a building site, driveway or drain field area, is over your roof line or has some other major problem.
We can help you explore alternatives to removal before deciding to cut. The location of trees and other factors involved should be considered carefully. You may find that a particular tree does not need to be removed.
When in Doubt, Call A Professional!
Broken limbs are often under tension and can kick back unexpectedly during cutting. Be alert for down and damaged power and utility lines and broken limbs that are hanging. If a tree is large and the necessary work is off the ground, call us! We have the equipment and knowledge to safely remove broken limbs and to correctly repair trees.
A damaged limb may strip healthy bark from the trees main stem or trunk. To repair this type of damage, cut any ragged edges of torn bark with a sharp chisel or knife. Take care not to remove any more healthy bark and expose more live tissue than necessary.
If possible, the wound left by the cut should be shaped like an elongated football with the pointed ends of the cut running vertically along the trunk or limb. There is no need to apply tree wound dressings to prevent decay-causing infection. Most research has shown that wound dressings (paint, tar and others) do not prevent decay, may interfere with rapid healing and in some cases can serve as food sources for harmful microorganisms.