A Few Signs You Need To Call A Tree Service

When you have trees in your yard, you need to take the time to look them over regularly. There are going to be times when you need to have some of the branches trimmed, and you may have to have trees removed entirely to keep your home, family, and neighbors safe. While inspecting, here are a few things you should be looking for and when you should call a tree service company. 

Trunk Damage

Walk around the tree, looking at the trunk. Be sure to look all the way up as high as you can. Trunk damage is seen when bark has been removed, has fallen off, or has been torn from the tree. The bark is there as protection against insects and disease. If the damage to the trunk covers more than 50 percent of the way around the tree, you should contact a professional. He or she will determine if a graft can be done to save the tree or if it should be removed.

Dead Branches

Dead branches on a tree can be a host for fungi, molds, and insects. If the tree has a few dead branches, it is best to have them pruned off. However, if one side of the tree is laden with dead branches, you need to get a professional to look at it and determine if the whole tree needs to be removed or not. Any dead branches that extend close to or over, a house, play area, or other building need to be removed before they fall and cause damage or injury. In this situation, it is always best to hire a professional for the job to ensure the branch does not cause damage as it comes off.

Root Damage

Building construction and underground utility repairs can cause damage to the roots of a tree. This can cause the tree to be structurally unsound, and/or deprive it of nutrients. If more than 50 percent of the roots are damaged, or if the tree is leaning more than 15 percent from a vertical position due to structural damage, the tree should be removed to keep it from blowing over in a wind storm or with time.

While you may not like the idea of removing trees from your yard, there are times when it becomes a safety issue. Keep in mind you can always plant a new one to take its place, but be sure to do so in an area that will allow for its growth without encroaching on buildings or underlying utilities. While the professional is there to remove a tree, make sure you ask where to put a new one safely.