Why & When Should Trees Be Removed?

Why & When Should Trees Be Removed?

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There are times when trees can threaten not only buildings and cars but also people’s health. In this article, we will tell you in detail which trees are considered hazardous, and in which cases you should contact us.

When it comes to trees, we immediately imagine a forest. But don’t forget that trees surround us almost everywhere: parks, yards, parking lots, roads. You could say that trees are an integral part of us. But few people think that sooner or later trees can begin to threaten people, buildings, cars, and other important infrastructure. Removing dangerous trees is the most important focus of TheTreeDudes.

Old, diseased, and lifeless trees are considered dangerous because they can fall at any time, and not everyone can handle the situation. Either there is no room under the tree (you can’t reach it with special equipment), or buildings, wires, or other plants get in the way – a job only professional arborists can do.

Hazardous Tree

Which trees should you pay attention to first?

Dead or Dying Trees

A dead tree can easily break, lose branches, or fall on infrastructures such as buildings, garages, or houses. It is very likely that such a tree can even injure passersby, so it must be removed. Dead trees can be identified by the following signs:

  • dry or rotten trunk;
  • rotten or exposed roots;
  • rotten bark;
  • tilted trunk.

It is not always possible to identify a dead tree by these signs alone, so it is recommended to hire an expert to assess the danger of the tree.

Trees Damaged by a Storm

A tree can also become dangerous when exposed to extreme weather conditions. For example, soil erosion can occur after heavy rain, causing the root system to weaken.  If there was also a strong wind during such a rainstorm, the tree may tilt or even fall.

Therefore, if there is a tree on your property, which is often exposed to strong winds or rain, it is worth inviting a specialist to assess the possible danger of its fall and damage to your property.

Decayed Trees

Rotting a tree from the inside is dangerous because its trunk loses its hardness and eventually causes it to fall. However, the process of decay is most often invisible in the appearance of the tree, so it’s not always possible to identify it.

There is a way to recognize a rotting tree. See if there are bracket fungi on the trees. If there is, this is a sure sign of rot inside; if the bracket fungi are found on a significant part of coniferous trees (10% or more), it can be said with almost certainty that the bulk of the trees in the plantation are affected by wood-destroying bacteria. However, this method is not always accurate, since there may not be bracket fungi on a rotting tree.

Close to Buildings and Structures

Sometimes even a perfectly healthy tree can be considered dangerous. For example, if it grows next to a power line, near a road or residential buildings.

Such trees are most often pruned or removed because the possible damage from falling is quite significant and can endanger human lives.

How Are Hazardous Trees Removed?

For the convenience and safety of hazardous tree removal work in areas where there is no access to special equipment, we use tree climbers. They use special devices for climbing trees and climbing insurance equipment.

Sometimes a tree cannot be climbed – for example, because of the condition of the tree or a large slope of the tree. In such very difficult cases, we use a truck crane and similar specialized equipment. TheTreeDudes are equipped with lifting devices and technical equipment suitable for working with wood of almost any size anywhere.