Who doesn’t love their trees? They provide so many benefits that we are willing to go to great lengths to keep them healthy. So when it is someone’s job to protect trees, it is understandable that they will do everything in their power to prevent tree cutting. The fact remains, however, that sometimes it is not possible to avoid this extreme. In the following text, you will discover situations where tree cutting may be required.
Disease is one of the most common reasons for cutting down a tree. Often a tree is sick and we don’t notice it for a long time. Then one day, the irremediable happens: the tree must be cut down. In Canada, many ash trees have had to be cut down in recent years due to the devastation caused by the emerald ash borer. It is best to spot a diseased tree early. This gives a better chance of saving it. But sometimes, when disease is found, the specimen must be cut down without delay. On the one hand, it is avoided that if it dies and has time to weaken too much, it can collapse and cause disastrous consequences or that the disease spreads to other large plants. That’s why, as soon as you see a sign of concern, call a tree care company, who will come and inspect if there is a need to intervene.
When a tree is planted, even if the location has been well thought out, it can still become misplaced in the future. Because buildings have been built too close to it. Because it has come too close to electrical wires while growing or because it is in a traffic lane. It is not only the branches that need to be watched, but also the roots that can threaten foundations. Sometimes, a tree that has grown up hides a splendid view that we would like to see unobstructed. In this case, pruning may be appropriate without having to cut it down. In other cases, the situation must be analyzed.
Whether you own a house or a business, among others, it can be a shame to see a tree die. However, like all living things, there comes a day when they die. It must then be cut down. A tree that has died will weaken over time. When storms come, it can fall more easily than a solid specimen. Snow, storms, ice can be the flick of a switch that was missing to make it fall to the ground. And this fall can cause material damage or injury to whoever was passing underneath or nearby at the crucial moment. Since dead trees are a real danger, they must be cut down.
Severe storms, high winds or thunderstorms can damage trees. This is true even when they are in good health. Lightning can be the natural source of the most severe damage or death to trees. Animals, cars entering a tree or other causes can also seriously injure trees. In these cases, the situation should also be studied and alternatives to felling should be considered when the specimen can be saved.
Trees can also become unpleasant. Thus, when their seeds or fruits become abundant to the point of soiling one’s exterior property, it can become exasperating. The wood of some species may also be too weak. These plants can fall more easily than others. Sometimes you have a project in mind and the only place where it can be realized is… a tree. In all these cases, as in many others, cutting down a tree should be a last resort. It is likely that before reaching this point, alternatives exist.
Sometimes, cutting down the tree is so imperative, since safety is threatened, that it is necessary to proceed urgently. This is the case, for example, when a tree is uprooted and has fallen on a house. Fortunately, in other circumstances, the intervention is necessary but less urgent. But whatever the reason for the tree removal, it should be done by certified arborists. They are experienced in many complex situations, they have the right equipment and they know how to do it. Someone who is not in the business and has never or rarely felled trees may not think of all the precautions to take, and may cause costly damage or injury to themselves. So it’s best to leave it to the professionals.