When a tree gets greatly damaged, some home owners find it hard to determine if it is best to have the tree removed. Dying trees that do not put danger on people or properties may be allowed to stand in place until it finally dies. Aged deceased trees may also be valuable to a number of wood pecker species as a source of food and a good place to nest. While some homeowners tend to keep their tree for as long as possible by cutting out damaged or diseased parts of the tree and watering the tree deeply as required. However, continuous removal of compromised wood is expensive and there may also be worries about the tree falling unexpectedly on people and properties. So, to avoid the hazards and further expenses on maintaining an old or weakened tree, you have to make a decision on whether to remove the tree. Here are some tips to help you to make the ideal solution.
1. Decide whether your tree is a desirable or undesirable specie. The characteristics of unfavorable tree species include susceptible to insect or disease infestation, shallow roots that may ruin pavements and lawns, drops too much debris and weak wood that is prone to breakage, and intrusive by means of prolific reseeding. Examples of unfavorable trees are tree of heaven, Bradford pear, mimosa, empress tree, silver maple, willows. poplars. box elder, Siberian elms and black locust.
2. Look into the overall health of the tree. If roughly 50 % of your tree is weakened, it is best to have it taken out. it will begin to have an abnormal growth and appearance.
3. Is the trunk damaged? Watch out for any sign of internal decay such as vertical cracks, seams, dead branch stubs and old, large wounds. If you notice that the main trunk is seriously damaged, have it removed right away. But if the damage is below 25 % of the trunk’s circumference, the wound is likely to heal and the tree will eventually recover.
4. Know if the tree is hollow. You should take down a tree if 1/3 of its interior is already rotten or hollow. Hollow or rotten interior will compromise the strength of the trunk, making the tree dangerous.
5. Is the tree leaning? A sudden inclination of a tree indicates damaged roots or breakage. Thus, leaning trees should be taken down promptly primarily those that are inclined more than 15 % of a vertical position.