As a tree owner, you’d expect it to be obvious. You wake up one morning, look out your window at your tree, and think to yourself: “Yup. It’s time for that one to go.” Maybe it’s leaning heavily after some storm damage. Maybe it’s looking defeated after years of insect infestations.
You’d expect it to be obvious that your tree is dead or just beyond saving, and needs to be cut down for safety. Maybe your branches start to wilt, leaves turn brown or black – anything to show you it’s time to consider removal. But it’s not always that obvious. Some trees are fighters and can be brought back from the edge with some love and care. Others might look find but are partially damaged in a way that makes them a hidden hazard waiting for an opportunity to pounce at a later date.
Whatever the case may be, it’s important to know how to identify a tree in need of removal. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into making this crucial decision and why professional tree removal is so important.
Distance Between Your Tree and Your Living Space
The first thing you’ll want to factor into your decision to remove your tree is its potential to hurt you or your family. Does the tree loom over your living room window? Could it fall onto your parked car, or tumble over a boundary wall and hit a pedestrian. These are the things that make a tree truly a hazard and it’s best to be honest with yourself about how they apply to you.
Remember: trees can cause real damage if left to fall or drop branches in unexpected ways. If your tree poses even a slight danger to people, it’s worth considering removing it!
Weighing Up Treatment Costs With The Cost Of Removing Your Tree
Obviously, every tree is different, which makes any amount of work a variable sort of thing. This makes the costs of replacement or repair somewhat difficult to assess, even with the same company.
For the most part, it will depend on what you, the tree owner, have in mind. Replacing a tree with a sapling might not seem expensive, but a large sapling with some growth on it could run anywhere up to $ 1000 to purchase. A tree disease might also be easier to treat than you’d expect, simply substituting water and nutrients in the right combination for best results.
That said, many diseases will demand expensive treatments and could take years of treatment to finally recover from. To get the full picture, it’s crucial to bring in a professional for a consultation. This will help you pick a path that is most effective, mitigating the cost of treatment or removal so you end up making an informed decision.
Set Realistic Expectations
Trees are living things, and part of the reason we love them so much is that they last for so long. But these are still organic things and, with enough time, they will reach their limit and stop recovering.
If you know the cause and can find out how extensive the canopy, branch or trunk damage is, your tree professional can estimate the likelihood of recovery. Going past that is a gamble, which may pay off. But it may also be time to admit that trees die, and it’s time to have yours removed for its own good as well as yours.
Don’t Listen To Amateurs
There’s a reason professional arborists are in such demand in states like Florida. It’s because they know what they’re talking about. Sure, with the Internet, your friends, relatives, or neighbors could give you their opinion on your tree. But they could also do the same thing with your car, or your sick pet, and you’d probably still look for a professional opinion. The same should apply to your trees.
There are thousands of tree species across the United States. Within those species are dozens of subgroups and hybrids, each, with more being discovered all the time. Our point is, even the most well-meaning of people could just be wrong when giving their opinions, and you have to be ready to make your own decisions. A professional can help you make that more reliably, certainly, than your friend or neighbor could.
Professional Tree Removal
Speaking of professionals: if you have questions about a tree on your property only a professional tree removal service can answer, SB Tree Service is here for you. Visit us today, or get in touch at (386) 320-3056 to find out about our tree removal services.