When is the right time to remove trees from your backyard? It might sound painful, but it is important for the greater good. If your tree is damaged, decayed or weak then it would be better to remove it. This can be indicated if your tree is leaning or posing any kind of threat to the nearby structures. The threats could be infected trees, surrounding pests or diseases like oak wilt in which leaves start dropping from the top. Tree trimming is not seasonal, you can do it at any time of the year. During winters, trees are not actively growing which makes cutting easier. Spring makes it easy to spot dead branches and other problems so that you can identify them and remove the tree. Autumn should be least preferred because, during this time the trees are dormant, the cut takes longer to heal and trees release larger spores after being cut which increases the risk of infection. You can’t just take the axe and chop off your tree without professional assistance. Various signs show whether you need to eliminate the trees or not. These signs are as follows. If you are experiencing any of the below signs then take action as quickly as possible.
Tree is Infected
Trees get infected when they succumb to diseases. These diseases can ruin the structure of the tree which might, in some cases lead to death. The best solution here is tree removal. Rooting is one of the major hazards that can spoil the structure of the tree. Root happens when a fungus starts growing beneath the soil or invades the roots of the tree. The fungus formation makes it harder for trees to grow properly, so a better option is to eliminate the tree by cutting it down. The signs of the fungus growth could be:
- Slow growth
- Paled green leaves
- Dead branches
- The rapid deterioration in tree’s appearance
Cutting down trees will also help you to prevent drainage problems and other problems that are likely to be caused in the future.
Problems with the Roots
The root system keeps the tree alive. It soaks up the water and necessary nutrients, but if it is unable to do so, the tree will die after some time. You can indicate this if you notice leaves losing their color, treetop thinning, and leaves falling off. The presence of fungi near the tree’s base is also a sign of tree root damage.
Additionally, roots face problems in accumulating enough oxygen. Hence, if you notice any of these problems, then your root system has started to decay and is in danger.
A Tree has Developed a Lean
The leaning posture of a tree is a warning sign. It is also important to observe whether the tree is leaning gradually to one side. Ignoring the leaning posture of the tree can cause unexpected problems. Sometimes it is easy to identify by looking at the state of the trunk whether the tree will lean or not. In some instances, a curving or leaning tree can be fixed, but removing a damaged tree would be a better option. A tree that isn’t growing straight up is potentially dangerous because it cannot support weight in this position.
Location of the Tree
Sometimes you are forced to remove the tree due to its unsecured location such as somewhere close to the power lines. These treetops could pose a threat or a branch could break off and hurt someone on their head. Power lines run on an incredibly high voltage which can create a spark and result in a huge cost of repairs. In such circumstances, tree removal is a better option.
If branches start breaking suddenly, it is a sign of danger for you and the people around you. Various signs of the decayed tree indicate that your branches have weakened. These signs are:-
- Limbs with Lacking Buds
- Decaying buds that are brittle and easily breakable
In such cases, you should regularly monitor your buds that will help you spot disease and cease before it reaches the trunk. That’s where you will spot the best time to remove the tree.
It is damaged after a storm
Storms like heavy snow and hail wind can damage the tree, if this happens, take a look around your yard and you will notice the heavy damages caused by trees. It would be best to go for a storm damage tree removal. If the roots are damaged, there are high chances that the tree will fall which is a risk for you and your family members. Thus, eliminating the tree out of your backyard is a safer option for you and your loved ones.
What is the Best Time for Tree Removal?
The best time to remove a tree is when you see a lot of hazardous symptoms of a damaged tree. How? Scratch a small piece of bark, if the layer underneath is brown and dry, then your tree is in trouble. This is one of the danger signs, others are as follows:
- Decay producing fungi such as mushrooms growing at the bottom of the trunk.
- Peeling bark or crack in the trunk
- Large scaffold branches or cavities in the trunk
- Dead branches on the upper side
- Fine twigs without living buds at the end of branches
If you spot any of these, it is the right time to call an arborist for tree risk assessment. A professional arborist will tell you whether your tree can be saved or eliminated.
Should I Remove the Tree Myself?
Removing a tree yourself is risky, you might have to climb the ladder and reach heights to chop off the bulky branches with cumbersome tools. For this, you should hire a certified arborist who is licensed, insured, and skilled in this task and knows how to safely remove the tree without hurting anything.
A weak tree can pose a constant threat to your house and family members. To prevent this, one should regularly monitor the condition and notice the differences. If you see something wrong, contact an ISA certified arborist for inspections. They will help you make a smart decision and ensure you remain risk-free. So, if you are facing any tree-related problems, get in touch with RVA Roof and Tree to get them solved effectively.