Key Things to Consider Before You Cut Down Your Tree
There are many benefits that trees offer humans and animals, including providing oxygen, food, wood, clean air, cooling the streets, combating greenhouse effects, conserving energy, helping to prevent soil erosion, saving water, increasing property values and more. With so many benefits it makes sense that one might want to avoid cutting trees down.
However, there are times when there may be a need to remove a tree. For example, a tree might pose a safety risk to both people and animals if it is at risk of falling anytime. Anytime you are in situation that requires you to cut a tree down, remember there might a need for some permits.
Here are some key things to consider before you cut down a tree(s):
- Start by determining how healthy the tree is. If 50 percent of the tree is damaged, it may have to be cut down. While it could continue to survive for few years, it will not grow properly and its appearance might be unpleasant. Trees damaged by herbicides can usually recover.
- Check to see if the trunk of the tree has been damaged. If there is severe damage to the trunk often it will need to be removed, but if the damaged area is less than 25 percent of the tree’s circumference, the wound may gradually heal and the injury might not be too serious. Experts say that once one-third of the tree’s interior is rotten, it needs to be removed.
- If all the dead branches are on one side, it might indicate a root or trunk damage that affects only one side. This needs to be evaluated by a professional.
- Check if the tree has sprouts coming up from the base. These are a response to severe stress a sure indicator that something serious is wrong with your tree and that you need expert help.
The best plan of attack is to have a professional tree care service look at your tree before you make the decision to cut down the tree.