Trees are a beautiful and beneficial part of the world around us. Many homeowners appreciate their trees and do all they can to keep them healthy. Likewise, Ping’s is dedicated to providing preventative and remedial tree care. However, in spite of the most determined efforts, there are cases where trees should be removed. This blog explains some of the most common circumstances that require tree removal.
Every homeowner or commercial property manager hates to see a tree die. The sad fact is that sometimes trees do die. Once a tree has died, there is nothing more to do…except take it down. Removal is necessary because a dead tree will slowly lose strength. As the tree weakens, it loses its ability to withstand the assault of storms or extra weight. Snow, ice, storms, and winds can break off branches or bring down a dead tree. The fall of a dead tree or even a branch can cause extensive damage to nearby houses, cars, or even people. Dead trees represent a tremendous potential liability and should be removed as soon as reasonably possible.
One major cause of tree death is disease. Sometimes you may not know that a tree has been infected until irreversible damage has already occurred. In recent years, central Indiana has seen a devastating infestation of the emerald ash borer. Many ash trees have died due to this pest. If you have a tree that is diseased, it is important to have it evaluated quickly so that it can be treated before it’s too late. Immediate removal of a tree that is beyond help is often best. Not only will this avoid the eventual weakening that will follow as the tree dies, but it also better prevents the spread of the disease to other trees. If you see signs of disease in your tree, Ping’s can examine it and recommend action.
Unfortunately, sometimes healthy trees experience unavoidable damage. Severe weather (both thunderstorms and winter storms) has the potential to damage trees. In particular, lightning can cause harm in a flash. Trees are often mortally injured by a lightning strike. Yet it may take the tree years to show the extent of damage. Other sources of damage are animals or accidental contact with a vehicle or other solid object. Again, you need to evaluate the situation to see if the tree can recover. Ping’s can help you make an informed decision about your damaged tree.
Trees are alive and growing, which means that their effects on their surroundings can change. At the time of planting, a tree may enjoy a good location. However, trees grow and new structures are built around trees. Roots of nearby trees can disturb the foundation of a house or building. In addition, growing branches may get in the way of power lines or other utilities. Less critically, trees may grow to obscure a favorite view. Trees that cause these kinds of problems are often removed.
Not all trees are equally beloved. Some healthy trees are a nuisance. They may shed annoying seeds or fruit. Some trees have wood that is naturally weak and more likely to break. At times, there may just be a personal preference against a certain type of tree. In other instances, you may just desire to use the land occupied by a tree for another purpose. In the case of an annoying tree, removal is completely elective. You can do it in your timing or decide it isn’t worth the trouble and leave it alone.
Some reasons for tree removal require immediate action (like an uprooted tree resting on your roof). Other circumstances are less urgent and allow a wait-and-see approach. Whatever your reason, when you decide you need (or want) to remove a tree, you can trust Ping’s to do the job. We have amazing equipment and years of experience. For us, no tree removal is too big or too complicated. On the other hand, tree removal can be extremely difficult and dangerous for someone without the right equipment or technical expertise. It is better to leave it to the experts at Ping’s. In emergency situations, we even offer 24/7 service. For non-emergency situations, call 317-298-8482 today to schedule your tree removal and avoid a future emergency.
Fortunately we missed out on Winter Storm Jonas and the massive amounts of snow it dropped on the east coast. However, winter is not over yet. Even though we had a little warm up this week, meteorologists predict that February is going to be a very snowy month for us here in the Indianapolis area.
Winter storms and heavy snow can cause severe stress and damage to trees. If your trees experience damage from these types of storms, there are a few things for you to consider.
- Assess the Minor Damage. If your trees have acquired minor damage with only the smallest branches being injured, then generally there is no major threat to the tree. You may need to clean up the broken twigs and branches or have the crown thinned of bent or twisted limbs. But overall, the tree shouldn’t be in danger or distress.
- Asses the Major Damage. Tree damage that consists of large broken branches, missing bark that has been torn off, or trunks that are splintering can be signs of major damage and pose a risk to the health of your tree. That tree may require more maintenance or may need to be removed. A certified arborist is able to evaluate the health and safety of your tree in this situation.
Note: If it has been determined that the tree is not worth saving, have it removed as soon as possible. Leaving the tree to die can result in it becoming a hazard tree which increases the risk to yourself and the tree crew that will remove it. Increased risk requires special tools and techniques to safely remove the tree and will therefore increase the cost of the tree care work.
So whether it’s minor or major damage, take time to do a quick evaluation of your trees after a winter storm. If there is any damage, we’d love to help. Ping’s Tree Service offers a FREE Estimate on pruning, trimming, and tree removal services.