Have you recently purchased a new house? Does the property have one or more trees growing on it? Trees can be beautiful and can also make a great addition to just about any landscape. Unfortunately, there are trees with undesirable attributes that can outweigh their good looks. Before you get too attached to the tree or trees on your property, you should find out if you now own any of the following:
Bradford pear: Bradford pears are extremely attractive trees that produce beautiful white blossoms in the spring. However, these blossoms have a scent that may be likened to rotting fish or to wet dog. Aside from that, Bradford pear wood is extremely weak. A strong storm can cause the whole thing to come crashing down, possibly onto your home. Even if most of the tree remains standing, it can still shed enough branches to damage your roof and other property.
This tree is also an invasive pest that can be difficult to remove. For best results, hire a company that specializes in tree removal services to get rid of your Bradford pear. This tree is such a pest that simply cutting it down may not be sufficient—you'll either have to have the stump dug up or you'll have to keep battling suckers and shoots until the tree finally dies off.
Cottonwood: Cottonwood trees are extremely elegant looking. Unlike a Bradford pear tree, cottonwood trees do not produce any immediately obvious signs of being an undesirable tree. But cottonwood trees have extremely shallow roots that make it easy for medium to strong winds to push the tree over. There are also many diseases that can infect cottonwood trees, causing them to rot from the inside out and to become dangerous.
If you want to keep your cottonwood tree, have it inspected now and every year or two by a professional arborist. If they advise you to use one of your local tree removal services, don't hesitate to do so.
Weeping willows: Willows, especially weeping willows, are often found naturally growing near bodies of water like lakes or rivers. This is because these trees can easily drink up hundreds of gallons of water per day. When you plant a willow in your yard, away from natural sources of water, the roots will still seek out water from any sources that they can find. This includes growing into your sewer line, through even the tiniest of cracks. If left unchecked, the roots will completely destroy the sewer line in their quest for water. Have your local tree removal services get rid of this tree before it can destroy your sewer line or your neighbor's sewer line.
If you are concerned about any of your trees on your new property, contact tree removal services in your area, such as Tree Worx, to inspect your property.