How to Decide When to Fell a Tree

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When trees start to create problem, it is probably time to let it go. Although old dying trees don't posses any threat of falling upon people; it becomes expensive to maintain it for long years. Sometimes neighbors are also concerned that the tree might fall on the property. However, if planning to remove a tree; consider these experts' advice to help decide when to fall a tree.

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W hen trees start to create problem, it is probably time to let it go. Although old dying trees don't posses any threat of falling upon people; it becomes expensive to maintain it for long years. Sometimes neighbors are also concerned that the tree might fall on the property. However, if planning to remove a tree; consider these experts' advice to help decide when to fall a tree. Old Dying Trees

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Cut-down undesirable trees : Undesirable trees are a particular species that is not recommended near streets and houses. These trees have weak wood, shallow roots, often infested with diseases and favors breeding of insects. They are prone to breakage, drop large quantities of debris, and usually damage lawns and pavements. Some common undesirable trees are Boxelder, Common Birch, Russian Olive, Black Locust, Willow and more.

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Determine the health of the tree : Remove trees with declining health. They may survive more years but will have abnormal or limited growth. Also, replace trees damaged from chemical treatments (with deformed or misshapen leaves) with new plants. If half of the tree is already damaged; it is probably good to cut-down immediately.

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Look for trunk damage: Large vertical cracks, seams and dead branch stubs suggest internal decay. If close inspection reveals severe damage, hire professionals to remove it as soon as possible. On the other hand, if the decay is less than 20%, it could be left to gradually heal. If the trunk is found hollow, the tree will survive; as the essential tissues and life support enzymes are on the outer edges of the trunk. But, it has the risk of breaking down because of the weakened trunk. A rule of thumb is - If 30% of the trunk is hollow or decayed; cut it down as soon as possible.

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Look for dead branches : Large dead branches, rubbing and crossing branches are a danger to property and people. Narrow branch angles of the trunk are prone to splitting. It is wise to remove the tree or call Professionals to relieve the strain and avoid breakage. Lopsided trees are potentially hazardous. Large dead branches on one side may lead to trunk breakage. Get professionals' help to find a solution.

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Epicormic shoots and Trunk rot : Epicormic sprouts are a response to stress which suggests that something is wrong with the tree. It could have resulted from over-exposure to sun or soil compaction. Let professionals evaluate and find a solution. If fungi is found growing under trees, it suggests internal rot and other root diseases. Moreover, if damage seen to half of the root system, it is a good idea to remove the tree.

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Tree leaning and growing into power-lines : An abrupt leaning of the tree could indicate weakened roots. Moreover, trees growing into power-lines could lead to catastrophic damage to the property. Electricity could arc to moist tree surface. Hire professionals to deal with such dangerous jobs. There are some great tree cutting experts in Alabama area who can look into that. Above all, if the tree has some sentimental value, it could be restored with a little bit of expense. Cutting down a tree is a dangerous task. This is the field that requires extensive experience and specific set of skills. Tree removal experts in Alabama are professional and trained; hire such experienced arborists to do the job.

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