Trees add a lot to your home and its curb appeal. In addition, they can increase your home's value. It may be shocking for many to learn, but mature trees can increase a home's value by 3 to 15 percent. Because of their benefits, you should want to keep your trees healthy and appealing for many years to come. Unfortunately, there are instances where trees experience distress, and this distress may require the actual removal of a tree, which can be devastating, but important. This guide will help you understand a couple of surefire signs that your tree will need to be removed.
The Tree Is Leaning
A leaning tree is not always a cause for removal. In many cases, the tree can be returned to a more straight and upright position using stakes and ties. However, if the tree is continuing to lean even after attempting to stake it, or the tree is leaning towards a structure, such as your home or over your driveway, consider having it removed.
Most leaning trees have an issue with their underlying roots. The roots may not be able to implement themselves into the ground/soil thoroughly, allowing the weight and wind to pull the tree to one side.
If staking does not help, the tree may eventually fall onto your home or vehicles, causing costly damage. This damage can be avoided by removing the tree beforehand.
The Tree Trunk Is Severely Damaged
Focus on the look and health of the tree's trunk, as well. If the trunk is cracked in multiple areas or cavities and holes have developed in the trunk, the tree is most likely diseased and dying, which could cause it to fall over onto your property.
It is especially important to remove a tree that has experienced severe damage on the lower part of the trunk. This lower damage could indicate a fungal disease that has started in the roots and spread up through the tree, decaying and hollowing out the wood.
Another sign of severe damage is if the tree trunk has started to split, causing the tree to lean towards both sides. This splitting is most likely due to storm damage or an internal disease. If more than 50 percent of the trunk and canopy have been damaged due to this splitting, the tree should be removed.
Tree professionals may recommend applying a fungicide to the tree to stop the infection from spreading, but the formation of cavities in the trunk indicate the tree will most likely not survive.
For more information, contact a local tree care company like Souliere & Son Tree Specialists.