There are numerous reasons to cut down trees (or rather to call in the commercial tree surgeons), from producing timber and paper to clearing space for construction projects and agricultural use. In this read, however, we are going to focus on some of the non-commercial reasons to cut down trees.
The Tree Has Died
A dead tree may look unappealing and harmless, given it stays in that state for a long period. However, saying it’s harmless could not be further from the truth. While it is easy to leave a dead tree in its state, overlooking the issue actually increases the risk of the tree causing damage and injuries. Just as it is easy for the dead branches to break and hit objects, pets, and people who happen to be underneath, it is just as likely for the entire tree to fall when it is dead, particularly in extreme weather conditions. This is not only putting people near the tree susceptible to injuries but also damage to nearby buildings.
The Tree Has a Disease
You do not always have to cut down a tree at the first sign of disease. However, you need to be proactive by getting rid of any branches that seem to be infected. If the disease has already spread too far, it is advisable to get an arborist for an evaluation, and if necessary, get rid of it. Leaving an infected tree as-is can result in an array of issues. The disease is likely to spread to other trees and plants in the garden. It can also attract unwanted insects and critters, which can infest your home. Overlooking a tree disease will ultimately lead to death, resulting in the repercussions mentioned above.
The Tree is Leaning in a Particular Direction
If a tree is leaning in a particular direction, it’s bound to weigh more on that side than the other. This makes it more prone to falling in case of strong winds, rain, or storms. More often than not, it is fine to leave it alone, but if it’s leaning towards your house or a direction that could result in damage or harm if it falls, it is best to be proactive and call in an arborist for removal.
It’s Growing too Close to Something
Most people think that a tree growing too close to a structure is a bad idea as it can lead to cracks in the foundation. However, this is quite rare and there are other far worrying issues that crop up when a tree is too close to a building. When a tree is too close to your property, it can result in blockages, as the roots grow into the drains. Also, larger trees can cause smaller structures like garages, summer houses, and paving slabs to lift slightly as they grow underneath them. Also, branches can cause damage to gutters and roofs and so, it’s imperative to prune any tree growing too close to your house.
It Has Interior Decay
This is a tough one to spot and usually requires the skills and expertise of an arborist. Given it is hard to spot a tree that’s decaying inside, it can be even more problematic than some of the points mentioned above, particularly because it can result in unforeseen structural issues. Since interior decay mostly goes undetected, a tree can rot without you noticing and suddenly snap, resulting in damages or injuries to those nearby.
These are just a few of the extreme situations where you should get rid of a tree. However, there are numerous other reasons to cut down a tree that are not as serious like creating more space in your garden, reducing the amount of shade, etc. If you need to get rid of a tree, it is important to hire a professional as tree felling comes with some risks that are just not worth taking.