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Know When It's Time to Remove a Tree

Trees play an important role in our lives, and most of us likely have fond memories of climbing a favorite tree as kids.

For businesses, trees can significantly improve the appearance of a property, creating an aesthetically pleasing welcome to customers and clients.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and even the greatest oak will eventually die. Recognizing the signs that it is time to remove a tree is important. You may not know what to do when a tree dies; however, you can consult with Front Range Arborists if you need guidance and services in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

Dead vs Dormant Trees

Not all trees that look dead actually are – and it is important to know the difference. In some cases, trees can become dormant while they prepare for winter. Alternatively, sections of the tree may suffer sickness or damage while the remainder of the tree is unaffected.

In these scenarios, there may not be any need to remove the tree. Front Range Arborists can inspect your damaged trees and provide excellent advice on the next steps to take if any.

Roots Along the Ground

You have most likely witnessed trees with roots that are growing along the top of the soil at some point. This may indicate that the tree is struggling to establish a root system under the soil. The immediate danger for a tree with roots growing along the ground is from humans and animals. However, adverse weather conditions in winter are also a concern.

Stressed Trees

A stressed tree will begin to grow shoots that appear close to the base of the tree. These shoots are basically small branches that can indicate a tree is stressed. There are a large number of factors that may result in a tree becoming stressed. These factors are typically related to the growing environment. Hiring an arborist to assess the tree and any potential contributing factors is the best option if you suspect a tree is suffering from stresses.

Serious Fungal Infection

Not all fungal infections in trees will result in death. The signs to look for if you suspect a serious fungal infection include large, unexplained wounds or brackets growing from the trunk, roots or branches. Ideally, you should consult a certified arborist who can assess your trees to determine whether a serious fungal infection has set in.

Damaged Branches

The severity of damage to branches may determine if a tree still has a viable life. When too many branches are damaged and it results in the removal of those branches, it can greatly impact a tree’s ability to harvest enough sunlight for sufficient sustenance. Leaving the tree to die a natural death could be dangerous, so you should contact Front Range Arborists for a consultation.

Roof Overhang

Besides potential shingle damage from scraping branches and moss growth, a tree overhanging a roof can be hazardous in other ways. When the majority of branches are touching or overhanging the roof, it is not always possible to perform sufficient trimming without compromising the health of the tree. Leaving the tree to grow out of control could cost you and it is a health hazard when there are strong winds. Front Range Arborists can assess overhanging branches and offer solutions, which may include removal of a tree.

Too Close to Power Lines

One of the most dangerous tasks the crew from Front Range Arborists performs for customers is trimming trees that are near or have branches entwined with power lines. It is much safer to have trees that may contribute to electrocution removed when they are too close to power lines.

Sewers & Septic Tanks

You are not supposed to find tree routes intruding into your main sewer line. It is astronomically expensive to hire plumbers for continuous callouts due to burst pipes and blockages. If a tree on your property is causing the problem, it is usually better to remove the tree completely.

Homeowners or businesses that have a septic system rather than a direct connection to the public sewer will also need to remain vigilant when it comes to root intrusion. It is crucial you do not allow trees or root systems to grow in a drain field. This results in the compaction of soil with significant impacts on the drain field’s ability to filter waste. When you have a septic tank that isn’t performing as you expect or one that is experiencing backups that are flooding your property, reach out to Front Range Arborists for advice.

Sometimes letting go of a much-loved tree is the best course of action. For all your damaged, sick or dead tree removal needs, give Front Range Arborists in Colorado Springs a call today. We can provide a free estimate on a comprehensive list of services that may benefit you at home or at work.