4 Reasons You Should Call A Tree Surgeon

A healthy tree can live for centuries, but trees are living beings and as such get sick and eventually die. Though there are problems that the owner can take care of themselves, there are problems that require the services of a professional tree surgeon, oar arborist. Here are four times when a tree surgeon needs to be called:

1. When the Tree is Obviously Dead 
A dead tree does not produce leaves or needles. The branches dry up and snap off, and the bark may eventually slough off, leaving a tree that is stark, white and obviously lifeless. Dead trees can stay upright for years, and not all of them have to be taken down. A dead tree found on a part of a large property where it will not cause damage when it eventually falls provides homes and hiding places for animals. However, if the tree is in an area where there are signs of human habitation, it needs to be removed by the tree surgeon.

2. When the Tree Has Been Badly Damaged by a Storm 
Trees that have had a good number of their branches snapped or torn off by storms may also need to be removed by a tree surgeon. Broken branches and injured bark invite pathogens into the tree can eventually cause it to sicken. The good new is a tree surgeon can help to bolster a tree that has not been too badly damaged in an attempt to save it.

3. Branches Overhanging the House or the Neighbor’s Property 
Heavy branches that overhang the house or another structure cause a surprising amount of damage if they break off. They can even damage the roof shingles or the clapboard simply by rubbing against them over time. If the rubbing also damages the tree, it can be at risk for parasites and diseases.

If the tree is overhanging the neighbor’s property, it has to be trimmed. It doesn’t matter that the branches aren’t hanging over the house or the garage. If they fall into the neighbor’s yard and damage anything, the tree’s owner is liable.

4.The Branches Interfere with Utility Lines and Drains 
Those great holes that a tree surgeon gouges into the crowns of trees to allow power lines to pass through are unsightly, but they’re necessary. It lowers the risk of the lines being snapped in a storm or other calamity and allows an otherwise healthy tree to live.

A bigger problem is when the roots of a tree start to infiltrate sewer lines. The tree surgeon can either remove the tree if the infiltration is very severe, or the homeowner can flush the sewer line with a chemical that hopefully discourages the tree’s feeder roots from getting into the drain.

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