Trees are wonderful. They absorb airborne pollutants, provide homes for small creatures, look and smell pleasant, and increase property value. Unfortunately, trees must occasionally be removed due to health and safety reasons.
If you are having tree troubles, you should contact a tree removal Cincinnati service to extract the problematic plant. Not sure if your tree warrants removal? Here are five signs that you might have to say goodbye to your tree.
- Poor Health
In general, if your tree is at 50% health or lower, it should be removed. There are various metrics of tree health, including leaf discoloration, leaf damage, barren twigs, and crown fullness. If you are unsure about your tree’s health, consult a professional arborist for assistance.
- Rot and Fungi
Just like any other living being, trees are susceptible to infections and diseases. The most common arboreal illness is heart rot, a type of fungal disease that decays the wood at the center of hardwood trees. Signs of heart rot include the appearance of fungal conks or mushrooms upon the tree bark, stunted tree growth, dead branches, wilted leaves, and buckling roots.
- Tree Leaning
If your tree suddenly starts tilting to the side, it is likely a sign of a serious issue. Tree leaning can be a result of compromised roots, soil erosion, high winds, competition for light sources, and illness. Some of these issues may be fixable. Ask an expert to assess your leaning tree to see if it can be helped or if it must go.
- Proximity Problems
Sometimes trees must be removed not because they are unhealthy, but because their placement poses a threat to people or nearby structures.
Powerlines and trees do not make good neighbors. Experts recommend planting trees a minimum of 20 feet away from powerlines, although 50 feet is preferred.
Similarly, most trees should be planted at least 20 feet away from your home; this number may increase depending on the species of tree.
- Root Issues
There are two main types of root issues: root defects and root-caused damage to nearby infrastructure. Be on the lookout for roots that break the surface of the ground, roots that girdle – or encircle – the tree trunk, and severed roots. Also be wary of roots that puncture nearby concrete, roots that may compromise the foundation of your house or garage, and roots that run nearby underground pipes.
Trees are precious resources, and humans should do what they can to protect and conserve them. However, it is usually in the best interest of all living beings – plant, animal, and human – for diseased, injured, and dead trees to be removed.