Three Reasons A Tree Will Need To Be Removed

Trees are excellent additions to landscaping and adding to the beauty of a property and home, but they need regular care and maintenance to keep them healthy. Sometimes even healthy trees may need to be removed because of the risks of damage they pose, and dead or dying trees will always need to be removed quickly. Here are three situations to look out for.

Interfering with Property and Utilities

Even if a tree is perfectly healthy, it may still need to be removed to protect property aboveground. Keeping a tree trimmed to avoid things like power lines can help, but sometimes trees end up growing too large for their space and become too much trouble to manage. Further, some species of trees can damage driveways, sidewalks, and other sections of concrete. Once a tree starts causing this type of damage, it will need to be removed to prevent any further trouble.

Large trees also pose risks to your home if they grow too big. If a tree's branches get too close to your house, not only does that make it easier for pests to get in, but if there's a fire, it will allow the flames to jump to your house more easily. Excess leaves can clog gutters and downspouts, which may back up water and cause damage. To a point, regular maintenance can keep these problems at bay, but if your tree starts to grow too big, it will likely need to be removed. Once removed, the stump can also be ground down to prevent it from becoming a tripping hazard or to get rid of a potential home for wood-boring pests.

Causing Damage Underground

Just as a tree can cause trouble above ground, it can do the same below, too. A tree's roots can spread very far — up to several times the width of its crown — and these roots can obstruct or damage everything from sewer lines to septic tanks and leach fields. They can even contribute to damage to your home's foundation by way of soil subsidence.

Unfortunately, tree roots are much harder to remove than everything from the ground up. Any roots that are causing trouble can be cut away, but the rest will likely need to remain. However, removing the tree will still cause the roots to stop growing, so if you have a tree that may start causing problems with your home's plumbing, it's a good idea to have it removed. Repairs, especially those to main sewer lines, septic tanks, or leach fields, can quickly get very expensive, so stopping the roots from going any further is the safest and most cost-effective option.

Dying or Dead

When a tree starts to die, it gradually starts to weaken. Branches that die can become hollow and brittle and more likely to break off. Weakened roots can result in the tree starting to lean, and a hollow trunk can cause the entire tree to tip over. This can cause immense damage to houses and cars and also pose a threat to anyone walking nearby. If a tree's disease can't be treated, or if the tree is already dead, it needs to be removed early before it has the potential to do any damage.

Dead trees can be more of a danger to remove than healthy trees because the risks of a branch snapping off are much higher. Even if only part of a tree looks diseased or dead, call a company like Sandford's Tree Service to take care of the tree for you to prevent any serious injuries.