By: Shelby McCullough| Published: August 5, 2018
At McCullough Tree Service, we know that there can be many obstacles to having a tree removed. Maybe the tree has been on a Central Florida family property for generations, for example. Maybe the perceived cost of tree cutting seems prohibitive, and so getting an estimate seems easier and easier to put off. So even if a tree is dead or diseased, tree removal can be a part of home or business-property maintenance that is tempting to procrastinate.
And if you own a dead or dying tree that is not near assets like your house or car, maybe you can leave it be. Wildlife can live in it, after all, and if the tree falls, it won’t damage property or hurt anyone.
But unfortunately, not too many of us own acres and acres and can risk a tree weakened by disease or decay just coming down. We have to know what to look for and know when to get the tree professionals like those at McCullough Tree Service to come in.
Here are some tree-removal considerations:
Is it healthy? A tree that is in declining health can survive for many years or recover completely. But a good rule of thumb is to remove a tree that is more than half dead. Its chances of rebounding are slim and if it falls, it could cause damage or injury.
What is the condition of the trunk? Inspect the trunk of the tree for signs of decay. Some wounds on tree trunks can heal and there are no resulting problems. But internal decay may be underway if you notice things like vertical trunk cracks, seams, stubs of dead branches or large, older wounds.
What is the species of the tree? Just like people, trees can be troublemakers. They may produce weak wood that breaks easily, or drop loads of debris, or have root systems that don’t burrow deep, but instead, run shallow and damage yards or driveways. A tree that is invasive — such as a box elder or mimosa — can reseed all over your lawn at a moment’s notice, or carry specific diseases or insects.
Other potential signs a tree should come down: if it has a hollow trunk; a majority of its branches are large and dead; and it is leaning. All potential dangers.
Call McCullough Tree Service today, we’re happy to come out, take a look and get you a free estimate on any work that may be needed.