Having a tree on your property has huge benefits. However, if it suffers serious damage or disease, you’ll likely consider removing it. Know the signs to look for so you know when it’s time to call an arborist or tree expert.
1. Leaning – This is a sign that a tree is dying or the roots are no longer capable of supporting its weight. It may be time to remove the tree before it falls and crushes something (or someone) beneath it.
2. Damaged trunk – Cracks and cavities within a tree’s trunk may indicate it is dying. A tree whose trunk has become damaged could already suffer from weakened integrity.
3. Dead branches – Dead branches are another indicator of poor tree health. Pruning can sometimes handle the problem, but if the branches are too badly damaged, they can fall and cause damage or injury.
4. Signs of disease – Trees sometimes show signs of decay, such as peeling bark. Disease can damage a tree’s structural integrity and make it more likely to fall. Some diseases are contagious, and can infect nearby trees and shrubs.
5. Unstable roots – Roots can be visibly damaged or decaying. This may indicate a tree is likely to fall at any moment. If there is any distance between the tree and the ground, the tree has begun to lean, and should be removed.
6. Too close to homes/buildings – If trees are planted dangerously near to homes or other structures, they pose a threat. Branches entangled in power lines are a fire hazard, and storms can cause weakened or damaged branches to fly off and harm roofs, windows, and parked vehicles. Their roots can also cause plumbing pipes to crack and break.
7. Landscaping – If plan to renovate your landscape, tree removal might be necessary. If you plan to build a shed or extension of your home, the same could be true.
8. Low branches near the base – Branches growing near the base show the tree is under stress. New growths appear in unusual places when some trees are suffering.
If you do decide to remove a tree, call for the services of a certified arborist to safely do the job. Contact Timberlane Tree Service in Newmarket at (905) 778-9438 and get Toronto tree help by calling (416) 878-2108.