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Tall trees are beautiful, but they can be hazardous if they aren't in good health. So, how do you decide if your trees are healthy, can come back from damage or disease, or if they should be removed for safety?
Look for Signs of Disease
While trees can recover from illness in many cases, there are occasions where too much has been lost or damaged. If this happens, then the structural integrity of the tree could have been compromised making it very easy to topple. If a tree has fungal growth on leaves, the leaves shed early, are discolored, or lack veins, then the tree may have contracted a serious disease and need to be removed.
Look for Weak Points and Defects
Splits in the bark, dead branches, or branches that are too close to your home are all things that need to be taken into account when assessing whether or not a tree needs to be removed. If a tree is showing signs of rot, it may not be structurally sound.
Make Note of The Location
Large trees that are close enough to cast a shadow over the building could be dangerous to the home, especially during storms. While the odds of a healthy, stable tree coming down on the roof of a house is lower, it can still happen, so it's usually best to remove any tree that sits close to the house as a precaution.
If you have a tree on your property that may be in need of removal, contact us Advanced Tree Care.
Trees have an amazing ability to bounce back from a variety of issues, including infestation, rot, and general damage. Making quick decisions can sometimes result in the removal of trees that could have been saved given the proper care and treatment. So, how can you tell if your trees can be salvaged after a severe storm?
After a storm, it's important to assess the situation. If you find a tree that is snapped over or has large branches hanging under tension, it's best to seek professional help as soon as possible. Once any immediate danger has been taken care of, you can start asking the big questions.
Was This Tree Healthy Before the Storm?
If the tree is otherwise healthy, did not suffer any structural damage, and isn't creating a hazard, it can generally recover from the damage if proper first aid is applied.
Did it Lose Any Major Limbs?
If a tree loses a large limb, its chances of survival drop. If a tree is missing many or all of its limbs, removal should be considered.
Is The Main Upward Branch Still Intact?
The 'leader', or the main upward trending branch is important to upward growth on a tree. Without it, a tree may still survive, but it is likely to be stunted.
Does The Tree Still Have at Least 50% of its Crown?
The branches and leaves are a good marker for the survivability of any damage done to a tree. Without enough of its branches intact, the tree may not be able to produce enough food to survive.
Are There Large Wounds?
Large wounds are less likely to heal and can leave the tree open to insects and disease.
Can The Tree Replace The Missing Branches?
Once damaged, a tree will attempt to grow more vigorously in order to fill in the gaps in its branches. It's worth checking to see if these gaps can be filled in a way that doesn't mar the tree's appearance.
Do you have a storm damaged tree in need of emergency care? Not sure if there may be hidden damage, or if the damage you can see is bad enough to warrant removal? Contact us at Advanced Tree Care today!
Whenever you're dealing with a bad storm, whether it's a tornado, a hurricane, a hail storm, a severe thunderstorm, or even just a lot of heavy winds, roof damage is absolutely a strong possibility. Sometimes strong winds alone are enough to warrant roof repair, or even roof replacement. It's important to quickly assess your roof and get a professional over there to help you take the next steps.
Evaluate the Damage
Once the storm has passed, get out there as soon as you can to evaluate the damage before you attempt any sort of cleanup. Document any problems that you see. Bad storms can rip shingles right off of your roof and causes tree branches to give your roof quite a beating. Look for signs of damage from the ground, and inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Check the siding of your home as well. Stay safe in the event that you have downed power lines or fallen trees. Do not climb up on your roof by yourself.
Cleaning the Mess
For your safety, and the safety of your home, only clean up minor debris by yourself. You need to leave any heavy debris, leaning or falling trees, or anything that is heavily damaged up to the professionals. A professional can not only help you clean up, but can help your damaged trees properly recover and stay healthy. Your trees will require proper pruning and disease prevention in order to heal.
Contact us at Advanced Tree Care should you ever encounter any unfortunate repercussions of a bad storm.
Tree cutting can be an essential part of maintaining groups of trees. All trees in an area are going to be competing over resources, including air, water, sunlight, and the limited nutrients from the soil. Some tree branches are going to be diseased and unhealthy even if the rest of the tree is fine. If this is the case, the specific tree branches need to be removed as soon as possible.
Cutting away a diseased branch can be enough to save an entire tree. It could stop the spread of the sickness. Getting rid of the unhealthy branches and trees will mean that the healthy branches and trees are going to gain access to their resources. Tree cutting can make all the difference when it comes to the health of a tree or set of trees.
However, tree cutting and tree branch removal is the sort of thing that is very difficult to do without professional experience. Tree cutting seems like a process that will cause problems under the wrong circumstances, and it is. Many people will end up damaging the tree further by cutting off a lot of branches. It's important to protect the bark during this process, which is somewhat challenging to do for people who aren't used to tree cutting. Trees with broken bark will be substantially more vulnerable to diseases of all kinds. A lot of tree cutting is about subtlety and maintaining a certain balance.
Contact us in order to learn more about tree cutting and the related processes.
One of the great things about having a big backyard is the fact that it can allow you to create a great play area for your children. However, there is a chance that your yard needs a little bit of work before this can be done. For example, if you have a lot of stumps in your yard, you may need to look at stump removal first.
First and foremost, removing stumps from your backyard is a good idea for safety reasons. When your kids are running around and playing, they might not pay attention and could trip and fall over a stump, causing injury. Since you probably want to create a safe play area if at all possible, getting rid of stumps should be a priority. Then, you can plant grass or can distribute play sand or rubber mulch to create a safer and better-cushioned play area for your little ones.
Plus, removing stumps can help you maximize the space that you have to work with when creating a fun play area. For example, after removing stumps, you can put in a swing set or sandbox for your kids to play with.
As you can see, stump removal is an important first step if you're ready to make your backyard the perfect place for your kids to play. If you need help with stump removal or any other tree-related job, contact us at Advanced Tree Care. Then, we can give you a quote for the work and can help you ensure that it's done right the first time around.
A lot of people don't want to get their trees removed, and that's understandable. Older trees will often contribute to the property value of a given area. Certain trees can become famous throughout entire neighborhoods, and they can complement the exterior of a home effectively.
Some people might object to removing trees under any circumstance for environmentalist reasons. A lot of people will also just really like the trees in their front or back yards. Tree removals will mean losing trees that a lot of people might have loved for years.
However, sometimes people don't really have a choice in the matter. Trees can last for a long time, but not all of them will. Trees that are sufficiently ill or damaged will eventually tumble over regardless of what people do to try to save them. In most cases, the trees that fall were unhealthy in some way to begin with, and professionals should be able to recognize the related symptoms in advance.
Most people are going to want to consider other options before they go about removing their trees. It might be possible under some circumstances to save some ailing trees. It depends on the level of damage that the tree in question accumulated and the exact nature of the damage. However, in some cases, actual tree removals are unavoidable. People can get new trees planted and they can watch them grow themselves, feeling as if they are part of the tree's developmental process personally.
Contact us for more information about tree removals.
Howling winds shout a warning. Humans run, seeking the closest shelter. But trees respond with a sashay dance, moving back and forth as the winds dictate. One crack of lightning later, the tree still stands. Its appearance may not provide hints of its dangerous condition.
A weakened tree respects gravity, falling toward the earth without warning. That fall may involve a single branch, limb, or the better part of the tree itself. Nearby property, such as a neighbor's car or a home's roof, may sustain damage. But that damage pales in comparison to the human unlucky enough to arrive in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Nearby power lines likewise invite catastrophe.
Relying on untrained eyes to inspect for tree damage begs for trouble. Unprofessional eyes may catch a tree trunk split down the middle. Only the professional will notice the slight tipping angle of a tree and other damage lurking beneath the surface, signaling danger. Someone off the street could not walk into your office and perform your job. Nor can you scrutinize a tree with the skill of an expert arborist. Hence, the wise homeowner recognizes the sole viable option: contact an arborist.
A medical doctor attains that status only after years of studying
Change the word "body" to "tree," and you understand the job of expert arborists.
Why hire an expert arborist, knowing your wallet will notice? Under Canadian law, one who commits a negligent act risks accountability if harm ensues. Suppose the force of a falling heavy tree limb killed a passerby. Court proves the least of your concerns. You must learn to live with the psychic realization children now lack a parent. That result flows from your well-intentioned, but inadequate, do-it-yourself tree inspection.
Considering all circumstances converts the hire-an-expert-arborist decision from a maybe proposition to an absolute necessity. Storms happen. Tree damage happens. Harm can happen. You lack the power to prevent the first two realities, but preventing the last, within the context of harm inflicted by a damaged tree, lies entirely within your hands.
If you question the health of any tree on your property, contact us. Advanced Tree Care will provide the information, inspection, and remedy required to protect both yourself, and others on or near your property.
When choosing the types of trees to have planted on your property, there are quite a few things that you need to consider. Not only do you want the trees to look fantastic, but you want trees that are beneficial to you in other ways as well. Shade trees can help cut down on high power bills. Take a look at how to select the best shade trees for your property.
It's important that you know how large a specific type of tree is going to get so you can see if it is the right fit for your property. You'll need to make sure that you have adequate space for it to grow since some shade trees will grow rather large. Plenty of room to grow will mean far less problems in the future. You'll have to make sure that it is not placed too close to your estate or anything else, as mature canopies are usually very big.
Some shade trees will spread very broad, while others will have more oval to rounded canopies. Large properties can typically handle the broad spreading trees with ease. Keep in mind that you can always have large trees trimmed regularly to keep them from interfering with anything else.
Make sure to have your shade trees planted on the south or west side of your property. This will keep the hottest sun off of your estate. If you're choosing trees based on saving energy, go with a deciduous tree. The leaves in the summer will protect your estate from the blazing sun, while the bare tree in the winter will help to heat it.
Please contact us at Advanced Tree Care to further discuss shade trees and what they can do for your estate.
Planting the wrong tree, or the right one in the wrong place, will lead to difficulties in years to come. By the time the mistake becomes apparent, you've already invested years of your time, and removing it will be a difficult decision. This is why you should consider carefully the purpose of the tree as well as its location on your property.
Know the Purpose of Your Tree
If the tree's purpose is blocking your view of neighbors or their view of you, a tree with low-lying branches, such as an evergreen is a solution. Perhaps you want to shade your home from the sun in the summer but allow its warmth in the winter. A deciduous shade tree, which loses its leaves in the fall, performs this function well.
Perhaps your home is on a small lot. If so, then you should plant small rather than large trees. If you're in a rush to get shade or have flowering, a fast growing tree is the right pick. However, you should be aware of the downsides of your choice as well. A fast growing tree, for example, will have a shorter life span and tends to have weaker joints where their branches join with the trunk. This increases the risk of storm damage from fallen branches.
Plant Your Tree in the Right Location
Know the full size that your tree will reach and plant it in an area with sufficient room. The adult tree should not impinge on other trees, power lines, sidewalks, driveways, or your house. Consider that the roots of some trees grow three times their adult height in an outward direction. Trees too close to your home can drop large limbs on it and may cause sidewalk or even foundation problems with its roots.
Plant trees well away from buried utility lines, piping, and plumbing. If you want a large hardwood tree, your property should have enough space for its future size, both above ground and under ground. You will want to locate large trees as far as possible from your house and infrastructure.
For assistance or advice from a professional arborist with planting new trees or coping with problem trees, please contact us.
Large mature trees provide much-needed shade in the summer and enhance the beauty of your property. It took them many years to reach this majestic size, which is why it can be heart breaking to cut one down when their roots threaten driveways, sidewalks, outside walls, plumbing, sewer pipes, or your home's foundation.
If you've walked on sidewalks adjacent to large trees, you may have seen first hand what their roots can do. If you haven't, an Internet image search on "tree root damage to sidewalks" will bring up some dramatic photos. What these photos reveal is the tremendous force a tree root can exert over time.
Similar damage can happen to important structures on your property such as your foundation, which may require costly repair work. Aggressive roots can also wreak havoc on your sewer pipe and other plumbing. Roots grow toward water and/or nutrient sources such as a pipe with a small leak. They can infiltrate the crack, grow inside the pipe, block water flow, and possibly break the pipe wall open.
This is why you shouldn't wait until damage occurs before taking preventative action. How can you spot a problem tree before it causes a problem? Two indications are its species and its height. Species that have problem roots include oak, birch, and magnolia trees.
A rule of thumb regarding these trees is that their roots can grow outward of up to three times the height of the tree. If such a tree appears to be within range of an important structure, then it's time to do some planning. Preemptively cutting a tree down before it causes a problem is too drastic. Instead, you might consider installing a tree root barrier.
Installation involves digging a trench down to the root depth common for the type of tree and placing the barrier (often a plastic material) in the trench. You then refill the trench with the same soil removed earlier. If you're protecting a driveway, for example, the barrier should extend along its length on the side facing the tree. You can also install a trench after the root damage has occurred. However, this will require root pruning at the trench. The sooner you detect the damage, the less root pruning required.
For important structures such as your foundation and sewer pipe, its best not to wait until the damage happens. The same is true of underground plumbing next to your house. If a root causes a large water leak, it could erode away the supporting soil from beneath your foundation.
If a tree root is causing problems or if a tree seems uncomfortably close to a structure, don't hesitate to get advice from a Newmarket tree care specialist. For answers to your questions, please contact us.