In this day and age of information and do-it-yourself mentality, most folks have what they need to independently take care of home projects. Since homes are perhaps the most costly and important of all personal investments, most people tend to take pride in maintaining their homes and landscaping. After all, the right trees in just the right spots can add to the overall charm of a home. Many homes that are placed on the market today frequently advertise mature trees as an asset. However, there are several reasons why homeowners may consider having a tree removed.
Holes or cracks in trees can be indicative of weather-related issues. Depending upon the region in which one lives, holes or cracks could be caused by extreme cold or hot weather. In colder regions of the country, frost, ice, or hail can exacerbate the decay of a sunscalded tree. In warmer areas of the country, extreme heat or drought-like conditions may also affect a sunscalded tree or tree struck by lightning.
Once cracks or holes are created, the open wound can be a welcome mat for insects, including termites. The tree should be examined for holes, tunnels, or other evidence of insect infestation. If the tree is in close proximity to one’s home and an insect problem is untreated, it is possible that the problem may spread to additional surrounding areas, including the home itself. In addition to the inconvenience and unsightliness of insects inside one’s home, the activity of termites, which is often unseen until considerable foundational damage has been done, may be even more cumbersome and costly.
A leaning tree may be another reason why a homeowner would choose to have a tree removed. A leaning tree is more susceptible to breaking. Of course, it goes without saying that this is a danger to both persons and property. Heavy branches of a weakened, unhealthy tree can cause it topple. Depending on the proximity of a tree to a home, broken branches can clog gutters or become a fire hazard. Leaning, weak trees can affect electrical lines, an inconvenience a best and a possible danger at worst. They may also affect telephone communication lines. A homeowner may also consider having a leaning tree removed if it affects a neighbor’s property, as well.
A homeowner may want to have a tree removed if he or she is considering any home renovations or improvements. If the location of the tree impedes any plans, the homeowner needs to consider altering the location of the renovation, removing the tree in order to proceed, or foregoing the renovation altogether. Along those same lines, a homeowner may consider having a tree removed if its roots are damaging or will cause damage to the home by growing underneath the foundation. Certainly, it is less costly in the long run to remove the tree than to deal with any necessary home repairs resulting from its precarious growth.
If you need help determining whether or not an unhealthy tree in your yard can be healed or if it is best for it to be removed, an Austin tree trimming specialist can assist. By examining the symptoms of the unhealthy tree, the specialist can determine what possible options are available to revive the tree or whether the tree is salvageable. If you are considering having the tree removed for other reasons, such as insect problems or home renovations, you can also contact an Austin tree removal specialist, who can assist you with the professional and safe removal of the tree from your property.
About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree services in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and stump removal. For more information on Austin tree service please visit http://www.centraltexastreecare.com.