Common Signs You Might Need Tree Removal
This time of year, Mother Nature can throw almost anything at us, from snow and ice storms to tornados and thunderstorms. All of this violent weather can wreak havoc on already damaged or weakened trees. Because storms can sweep in quickly, it's crucial to identify trees requiring removal before the weather creates an emergency.
By: Advanced Tree Care
Some trees grow stem girdling roots that partially or completely encircle the tree's trunk. Over time, these roots can affect the health of the tree and its root system, leading to trunk weakness and ultimately, a toppled tree. Trees that tend to be affected include Norway maples, silver maples, poplars, littleleaf lindens, and red maples. Click here for more info.
Look at the trunk
Obvious signs of decay or damage on the trunk should always be a reason for concern. The trunk is the tree's longest and strongest structure. A lack of support can spell disaster the next time a storm strikes.
Check for weak branches
Certain trees are prone to forming inclusions of bark where tree limbs meet. In normal growth, there is a protruding ridge of bark line at that juncture. When there isn't, you've spotted an inclusion of bark. These areas are weaker and may split off during a storm. Varieties prone to this include box elder, silver maples, littleleaf lindens, red maples, and willow trees.
Additionally, all trees may form weak, narrow, v-angled crotches where certain branches meet. Check your trees regularly and have them pruned to protect against sudden storm damage at these weak spots.
Take precautions with certain species
Fast-growing, soft-wooded trees can be especially vulnerable to high winds and storm damage. These include weeping willows and silver maples. A certified arborist can discuss options with you to protect these trees, or to decide when removal is the best option.
Identify signs of infestation
Certain diseases or insect infestations can structurally damage your tree, rendering it more vulnerable to storm damage. Leaf damage, trunk damage, and active bugs or beetles on the bark and in the wood can all be clues that your tree is infested. Our staff will help you determine whether the tree can be treated or must be removed. Remember, infestation and disease can spread to other trees, so don't delay if you do notice signs.
Of course, if a storm has already damaged your tree, or if it's already downed, call for emergency tree removal service right away. We maintain a 24/7 emergency line with a fast response time. Keep children and pets a safe distance away from your tree and don't attempt to remove it yourself.
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