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The Dangers of De-Mossing a Tree

By: McCullough Tree Service| On: September 18, 2018

Why Do I Need a Professional to De-Moss My Tree?

It may seem like a good idea to remove the moss from your tree by yourself, but there are actually several hidden dangers that make this process best left to the professionals. Review the following list of reasons you should hire a professional tree removal service to de-moss your trees instead of trying to tackle the job yourself.

Unstable Tree Limbs

Many tree limbs look fine to the untrained eye, but sometimes they are rotting on the inside, which makes them especially susceptible to breaking when you place too much pressure on them. If you take it upon yourself to remove the moss on a tree branch that happens to be rotting on the inside, the limb might accidentally break and subject you to serious injuries. Professional removers have training to recognize the signs of interior rotting and will be able to remove your tree’s limbs safely and effectively.

Lack of Knowledge of Disease Symptoms

There are several symptoms of disease in trees that are often overlooked by those who don’t have knowledge or hands-on experience handling damaged trees. Trying to remove moss from a diseased tree by yourself is simply not worth risking your health and safety.

Spanish Moss Removal

Many property owners are aware of the prevalence of Spanish moss in Southern landscapes. Though Spanish moss doesn’t directly harm a tree, it can cause a tree to become heavier when moist. In consequence, the tree’s branches can become more fragile and inclined to break.

Removing Spanish moss from trees is a taxing and time-consuming job, as it needs to be removed by hand. For this reason, it’s best to have a professional come in and do the job on your behalf, especially if your property has relatively larger trees with several patches of Spanish moss.

Along with removing Spanish moss by hand, another way to deter its growth is to spray trees with Spanish moss herbicide. Much like hand-removal, this task is best left to the professionals, as they have the knowledge and experience to effectively spray large trees that would not be accessible to the standard homeowner.

Sources:

http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/natural-resources/sustainability-spanish-moss/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/67807/10-things-you-should-know-about-spanish-moss

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/spanish-moss-come-from-75975.html