Caring for Your Trees

5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Considering Mature Tree Removal

Removing a mature tree can be difficult for many reasons, especially when that tree is in close proximity to your home. That's why you need to be sure that you are making the right choice. The loss of a tree can have a huge impact on the environment in your yard space. For instance, the shade that a mature tree provides is not easy to replace.

To be sure you are removing a mature tree for the right reasons, ask yourself these questions before committing to tree removal.

1. Is the Tree Diseased?

If you see signs of disease, such as fungus growing on the trunk, branches, or worse, the roots, then your mature tree may become dangerous in the near future. Fungus is a sign of disease.

At the very least, you need to have an arborist examine your tree. If the disease is widespread, then removal will prevent the tree from becoming a danger to you and your property.

2. Is the Tree Structurally Safe?

Structurally weak trees don't fare well in severe weather. Tree hollows may cause a tree to buckle and collapse in strong winds. And if your mature tree's roots are not firmly anchored into the ground, your tree could fall in the next storm. Tree roots anchor trees into the soil. If your tree's roots appear damaged or exposed, removal might be necessary.  

3. Is the Tree Growing Near Power Lines?

If your tree is growing near overhead powerlines, then your tree could start a fire in the near future if its branches touch the power lines. And during wet weather, electricity can jump from a powerline into the wet crown of a tree and cause a power outage or worse, a fire. For your own safety, removal is probably the best option.

4. Are the Tree's Roots Causing Issues With Your Home?

When a mature tree grows near a house, its roots may interfere with the plumbing, damaging pipes while in search of water. And tree roots can damage the foundations of a building, even cracking concrete foundations in search of water. If your tree's roots are damaging your property, you could save a lot of money on expensive repairs by removing your tree soon.

5. Is the Tree Preventing You From Carrying out Work on Your Home?

Large trees can get in the way of home improvements or maintenance. For instance, if you wish to add a new fence to your property or an additional structure, such as a pergola, a mature tree might prevent you from doing that. If you remove your mature tree, you could free up a huge amount of space.

To learn more about tree removal, contact a company like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc.