When is tree removal necessary? Trees are like a declining stock--you don’t want to invest money in a questionable stock, and you don’t want invest money in a declining tree. It might be a tough decision to let a tree go, but you must look at the big picture. Think ahead a few years about the tree and your property and consider the reasons we outline below.
Removing a dead or dying tree is advisable as soon as you notice it. The
longer you wait, the more decay has set in, and the more dangerous the
tree is for a tree professional. This also translates into more danger on your own property and more
the longer you wait to act.
These hollow logs are from an old, weak, and slowly failing Silver Maple. It was hard to predict just when these hollow logs, filled with decades of very moist compost dark brown centers) would collapse under the their own weight. After caring for this tree for decades to minimize the risks, taking it down was the wise decision.
A mature Red Oak (top photo)with two main leaders, held together with a
cable, has continued to lean and stretch the cable. Light was seen
between the two leaders at breast height. One of the main leaders,
(bottom photo) now on the ground, reveals the significant decay at the
base which inevitably would fail. This was an easy choice for tree removal.
Good question. This is best left up to an educated and experienced arborist who can use his or her knowledge of how trees tend to grow and decline in your area. Different environmental conditions and pests advance decay or breakage. If you want to avoid tree removal...consider:
Mitigating tree care--such as pruning away damaged areas, or removing substantial weight can slow the decay of a tree and give you more years to enjoy it. As a homeowner, keeping an eye on a tree in decline is essential so that any dramatic changes can be reported to your tree expert. Learn from him or her what to look for as your tree continues to age.
Have your aborist monitor the tree at least every few years!
We do not recommend tree removal by home owners. A
certified arborist and someone with professional felling experience has the skills and the track record of taking down
many different types of trees in a multitude of situations. Not only
can an arborist safely remove a tree, they have the equipment to remove
the branches and the wood which will be a much bigger mess on the ground
than it was up in the air. Trust us, we do this every day. It's a huge amount of work.
What about tree removal costs?
We offer tree removal in the Charlottesville VA area
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