Trees have a very long lifespan and often outlast many people or buildings in a neighbourhood. However, there are times when trees can become hazardous and need to be removed for the safety of everyone around them. Five Star Tree Services understands that, depending on how long the tree has been on your property, this can be an emotional decision to make. If you are considering tree removal, here are a few things that may factor into your decision.
Is Your Tree Healthy?
The most important thing to consider ahead of tree removal is the actual health of the tree. If the tree is diseased, infested with vermin or growing a fungus that will eventually lead to death, the decision to remove it may be easier. Some trees have damage or illnesses that can be fixed. In these cases, consultation with a tree care specialist or a certified arborist is recommended.
How Healthy is the Trunk?
Along with the total health of the tree, you can often find out more about how it is faring by looking at its trunk. Tree trunks that have open wounds, cracks, and cavities paired with dead branches are at risk of toppling over at any time. As expected, a falling tree can injure passersby or damage property on its way down. Trees that have hallowed trunks should be removed immediately as their structural integrity is no longer intact.
How Healthy are the Roots?
The roots are tasked with providing nutrients to the tree. Therefore, the best place to gauge the overall health of the tree is by looking at the roots. If the roots are severely damaged or rotting, the tree will lose its support and be at risk of falling over. You should also check the ground surrounding the tree. If the whole tree is leaning, it is an indication that one side of the tree is having trouble in the roots and should be removed.
Are There Branch Sprouts?
New growth may seem like a good thing, but smaller branches sprouting from the bottom of a tree is actually a sign of failing health. When a tree has been placed under heavy stress, it causes branches to sprout for the lower bottom of the trunk. It may have been caused by storms, construction damage, sunburn, or even compacting soil.
Depending on the cause and the severity, it may not mean a tree needs to be removed. A professional tree care specialist should evaluate the cause prior to making a recommendation.
Is Your Tree Near Service Lines?
If your tree is located under power lines, or over water lines, removal is essential. Even if the tree is healthy, the roots and crown may obstruct service lines, which can leave the whole neighborhood without water or power. If you are worried about a tree on your property, the best thing you can do is contact the professional arborists here at Five Star Tree Services. They will be able to evaluate your tree’s location and schedule our tree removal services in Toronto if a removal is necessary. For more information on our services, contact our team today at (416) 990-3355.