When you are a homeowner and you have carefully cultivated your landscaping to complement your home and your overall aesthetic, it can be frustrating to find yourself with a tree or several trees that do not seem to be living up to your expectations. However, it can also be difficult to determine whether or not the time has come to remove that tree from your yard.
It is important to recognize the difference between a tree that may just need a little trimming and TLC and one that is beyond repair. Get to know some of the ways that you can tell that your tree needs to go so you can be sure you contact a tree services company as soon as possible for help with your tree problems.
The Base of Your Tree Is Dry and Cracked
When you are trying to determine if your tree is healthy enough to salvage, you will want to start from the bottom of the tree and work your way up. The base of the tree (where the trunk meets the soil) is one of the best places to start.
Look at the base of your tree and even feel it. Is the base extremely dry? Are there visible cracks in the base of the tree? Is the soil dry and cracked or otherwise poor? If the answer is yes, you may have a tree in need of removal.
If the base of your tree is not getting the moisture and nutrients it needs, the rest of the tree will not either. You can try watering the base of the tree lightly and see if there is any improvement over the course of a few days or weeks.
When additional water does not help the dryness or cracking of the base, you likely will not be able to save the tree.
Large Portions of the Tree Are Not Leafing Out
Trees are living creatures. When they are healthy and thriving, all or most of the branches will leaf out and bloom in the spring and summer. If a large portion of the tree's branches does not develop leaves or blooms, this can be a major sign of tree illness and impending death.
There are different levels of tree limb death. Some of these levels are not necessarily indicative of the tree dying. For example, it is normal for a branch or two to die off on a tree. These are usually smaller tree limbs or those that may have been damaged in a storm or by wildlife that has made burrows in the branch.
If you only have a few branches that do not appear healthy, your tree service technicians can simply remove those dead limbs to see if the rest of the tree continues to thrive. Often, this will resolve minor issues that arise from acute trauma to the tree.
On the other hand, large branches and extensive areas of the tree not developing leaves or blooms is a much more serious issue. It is impossible to remove half or more of the tree branches and trunk offshoots and keep the tree alive.
Think about the tree like a human body. An arm or a leg can be amputated if a person is injured or suffering from severe illness. However, you cannot remove a major part of the chest and abdomen along with the limb and expect the person to survive the procedure. Your tree needs to maintain its main structure to recover from dead limb removal.
Given these signs that your tree needs to be removed, you can make sure that you are getting the right tree services for your landscaping needs.