When a tree develops problems, it is frequently difficult to decide when to remove the tree. Dying trees that are not in danger of falling on people or structures can be allowed to die in place without human intervention. Old dead trees also serve as places for various species of woodpeckers to find food and a place to nest. If money is no object and the owner wants to keep the tree as long as possible, trees can frequently be maintained for many years by cutting out all dead or diseased portions and watering deeply when needed. Unfortunately, continually removing dead wood is expensive and sometimes neighbors are concerned about the possibility that the tree may fall on their property. Trees provide shade and climate moderation, hold soil in place, help keep air and water clean, increase property value and provide beauty. To decide whether or not to remove a tree, a number of questions need to be asked. The pros and cons need to be weighed.
• How healthy is the tree? If 50% of the tree is damaged, it should probably be eliminated. A tree that is in decline can continue to survive for many years but will always have limited or abnormal growth and appearance. Trees that have been damaged by herbicide frequently have misshaped leaves but frequently can recover.
• Is there trunk damage? Vertical cracks, seams, dead branch stubs, and large, older wounds suggest internal decay. Severe damage to the main trunk often warrants the removal of the tree. If the damaged area is less than 25% of the circumference of the trunk, the wound could gradually heal over and no permanent injury should result.
• Is the tree hollow? Because the life support tissue, the xylem, and phloem, of a tree is on the outer edges of the trunk, many trees will live for years with a hollow trunk. The issue is possibly compromised trunk strength, making the tree dangerous. A guide to help in decision making is if one-third of the interior of the tree is hollow or rotten, it should probably be removed.
• Are there large dead branches? Large trees that have had their tops broken or have large damaged limbs are a danger to people and property. If less than 25% of branches are damaged, the tree will probably survive. Crossed or rubbing branches should be removed. Narrow branch angles, especially of the main trunk, are particularly prone to splitting and should be corrected. This is best done when the tree is young.
• Are all dead branches on one side of the tree? If so, the tree will be lopsided and is potentially hazardous. Dead branches that are all on one side of a tree can be a symptom of root or trunk damage on the affected side.
• Is the tree leaning? Leaning trees are more of a hazard than those growing vertically. A sudden lean indicates breakage or weakening of roots and the tree should probably be removed immediately. A tree leaning more than 15% from being vertical probably should be removed.
• Is the tree under power lines? Trees under power lines should mature at heights less than twenty-five feet. A tree that is growing into power lines will need to be thinned out. During wet weather, electricity can arc as much as ten feet to wet tree foliage and ground out causing a power failure or property damage. Removal of tree limbs anywhere near power lines is never for the homeowner to do themselves. The price of an accidental touching of the power lines or a grounding arc of deadly electrical current to a ladder, pruning tool, or a person will be devastating. Always hire a professional for these dangerous jobs.
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