While trees have long been an integral part of garden and outdoor design, sometimes their placement or even the species of tree could mean that the tree must be subsequently cut down and removed. And while it’s not something that everybody would like to do, sometimes it is a matter of safety or local regulations and you may not have a choice. But what are some of the signs that you may need to get a tree removed? Well let’s take a look at some handy advice to give you a better idea.
The most important of factors to consider is the safety and structural integrity of the tree itself, having a weak or rotten tree that could easily break, fall and hurt somebody is completely unacceptable and being on your property you could be liable for any damages or injury’s that occur as a result of an unsafe tree. To check if the tree is dangerous, predict where the tree’s weight is leaning, and which direction it would fall then stand the opposite direction and gently put the tree trunk with your fingertips. If the tree moves a substantial amount or makes sharp cracking sounds, these are indicators that the tree is unsafe and requires a professional to asses it.
Some species of trees are considered undesirable or problematic, and some countries like Australia have ruled that some of these species are such a threat to their natural ecosystems that they declare them pests and as such they are required to be destroyed when found to prevent further ecological damage. Check with your local jurisdiction what types of trees are considered a risk or problem species and also be sure to check what species are protected as many countries protect trees of a certain species or even tree’s above a certain age.
All trees that are growing under power lines have to have a maturation height of under 25m in most jurisdictions, mainly stemming from the fact trees conduct electricity and can not only damage the tree and cause a fire or electrical shock but also severe damage to power lines leaving people without power and sometimes incurring a large charge for it repair. Again being on your property all of this would ultimately be your responsibility. If you have a tree growing underneath a power cable, then keep a close eye on it and if it shows no signs of stopping its growth within 5m of the tree or it exceeds 25m then you will definitely need to seek expert advice to deal with it.
I hope you found this information helpful, should you require further information then contact a professional and if you are going to use someones services do make sure they are licensed and experienced in tree removal and can help you come up with a solution for your needs.