From the mighty maple to the evergreen forests, trees provide us with food, fuel, infinite beauty and the same air we breathe. In short, we can't imagine our lives without them. While removing a tree is sometimes necessary, such as when a dead tree is dangerous, there are many reasons not to cut it down. As trees grow, they convert carbon dioxide into food and store it in their leaves, trunks and roots.
Forests capture between 10 and 20% of the United States, but if trees become too crowded, they compete for light and water, and stressed trees are more susceptible to drought and insect attacks. Removing some trees can facilitate competition, as it allows the remaining trees to grow large and healthy. However, scientists are concerned that removing trees could reduce carbon storage. However, these concerns are mainly based on short-term models and studies.
When given the ideal space to grow, trees add value to their property and increase curb appeal. However, the reality is that trees on many properties do not have a healthy growth radius. When overcrowding becomes a problem, not only do trees suffer, but so can the rest of the landscape. Selective removal can provide additional sunlight that benefits surrounding plants and grass and helps melt snow and ice faster in winter.
In addition, selective moving is a valuable tool for maintaining safe levels of visibility on your property and keeping the building's lines of sight clear. It also creates an additional open space that will improve aesthetics and provide new possibilities for your landscape. A sudden tilt indicates breakage or weakening of the roots and the tree may need to be removed immediately. If a narrow crotch is too large to remove, the two codominant leaders can be wired to relieve tension and prevent them from breaking.
Nobody wants to think about removing trees from their property, but sometimes it's an unfortunate reality. When a tree begins to invade buildings or structures, or grows in a direction that indicates it could soon be problematic, it may be time to consider removing it. A guide to aid in decision-making is that if a third of the inside of the tree is hollow or rotten, it should probably be removed. When I headed west on 60th Avenue Northwest to County Road 4, where they are replacing and then fixing a strange road jog, they removed all the trees on both sides of the road and cut down an entire small forest.
Trees that are dead, dying, irreparably damaged, or sick are obvious cases where removal is required. Because of this, tree removal should only be done by certified and licensed arborists who have the training and experience to safely remove the tree without endangering people or property. The cost of hiring a tree care service is generally significantly lower than the cost of removing trees. A certified arborist can assess whether pruning can continue to be an option to maintain safe proximity or if the tree should be removed to preserve the safety of your property.