Trees are cut down regularly for a variety of reasons. It could be for producing timber or printing paper, or to make space for new buildings and a variety of other things. In this article though, we are going to discuss a few reasons where trees are cut down for non-commercial purposes.
1. A Dead Tree
You will know when a tree dies. A tree that is well and alive is vibrant and full of life. On the other hand, a dead tree is unattractive, though you might make the mistake of thinking that it’s not doing any harm. But you’re wrong there. It’s easy to leave a dead tree standing but it could lead to a number of problems and in some cases, might also cause serious injuries. The branches of a dead tree might snap off and injure pets, people or lead to loss of property. If the weather is bad, the whole tree might fall which may cause serious injuries to people and might also lead to huge loss of property.
2. A Diseased Tree
A tree does not need to be cut down at the first sign of disease but it’s important that you act quickly and make sure all the branches that look infected are pruned down. If it seems that the disease has spread to all corners of the tree, you should immediately call a tree surgeon. The tree should be cut down if necessary as an infected tree might cause a whole lot of other problems. It could spread the disease to other nearby plants and trees in the garden. A dead tree also attracts pests and might lead to infestation of insects and rats who will get to your house later. If a diseased tree isn’t treated, it will eventually die. This is why you will have to cut down the tree if it isn’t treated in time.
There is a common misconception that if a tree is allowed to grow too close to the house, it might lead to cracks in the foundation, but this happens quite rarely. However, when a tree grows too close to a house, it could lead to a variety of other problems such as drain blockages. The roots of a tree grow wide and far, and can always grow into drains leading to blockages. Bigger trees might also lift a smaller structure such as garages, summer houses or paving slabs due to the growth of roots underneath these structures. The branches of large trees also have the potential to damage roofs and guttering, and this is why any branches that are growing too close to the house or other structures should be pruned at the earliest opportunity.
4. A Leaning Tree
If a tree starts leaning in a particular direction, it will put more weight on that side as compared to the others, which makes it susceptible to falling during inclement weather. Usually, there is no need to do anything to such trees but in case it starts leaning in a direction where it could cause a lot of damage if it were to fall in that direction, a better option is to remove it completely.
5. Interior Decay
It’s not easy to find interior decay in a tree. It needs a tree surgeon to figure out whether it has interior decay. They have the necessary skills and expertise to identify any such issues. The average person cannot see interior decay and that might lead to structural problems. If there is interior decay, the tree is going to start deteriorating without your knowledge and it might snap or fall unexpectedly.
These are some of the situations where a tree needs to be removed. However, these are rare and in most cases, you won’t have any reason to remove a tree completely. In certain other situations, you might want to remove a tree such as for increasing the amount of sunlight in your garden or for creating extra space or for other reasons. HRG Tree Surgeons offers all kinds of services including tree felling in Southampton. Give us a call today to know more about our services and to get help with your tree needs.