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Removing Hazardous Trees With Our Arborist Expert

Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, you should know that the right arborist can help you with your tree concerns. A reputable arborist is a valuable asset to your property and will make sure that the job is done safely.

Our experts are well-versed in the best techniques for pruning trees for health and longevity. They’ll also help you identify signs that it may be time to remove a hazardous tree.

Damaged or Dead Branches

A dead tree can be a hazard to people and property. This is why a homeowner should call an arborist as soon as possible to remove damaged or dead branches from trees.

Damaged or dead tree limbs should be pruned back to their main branches using proper pruning techniques. Broken limbs should also be removed.

Stem wounds destroying more than 50% of the diameter of a limb are dangerous and should be cut down. This is because a stem wound is an entry point for fungi that cause decay later on.

Roots that are weakened or damaged by a variety of conditions, including soil compaction, can make a tree prone to rot and disease. This can result in a variety of symptoms, including leaf wilt, early fall coloration and overall decline.

Another danger is that a tree could uproot underground utilities, like water lines or gas pipes. This can lead to fires. It is also important to maintain a clear path around the tree so that it does not fall on a neighbor’s property.

A health evaluation by an expert can identify the underlying health concerns, helping you keep your trees healthy and strong. A trained arborist will know the earliest warning signs of a tree problem and be able to help you decide on a course of action for your property.

Dead or Infested Trees

Dead trees are a natural part of many landscapes, providing shelter for wildlife and a place to nest. However, dead trees can also pose a safety hazard when they fall on homes and other structures.

Some dead or infested trees can be left to die naturally, while others should be removed from your property. A well-trained arborist can evaluate a tree to determine the best course of action.

A tree that is infested with insects such as ash borers or pine beetles can cause significant structural damage to your property. These pests can rob your tree of nutrients and water, leading to rot and death.

If you notice signs of an insect infestation, such as S-shaped larval galleries in the wood beneath the bark or D-shaped exit holes, consult a certified arborist for proper treatment. The right treatment can protect the health of your tree and prevent it from spreading to other trees or bushes in your property.

Trees Near Power Lines

When trees are planted near power lines, they can create a dangerous hazard. During storms and high winds, tree limbs can contact or even bring down power lines, interrupting service and putting people at risk of electric shock.

To help reduce the risk of outages, we trim trees on a four-year cycle to ensure they don’t grow too close to power lines. Certified arborists on staff oversee all tree trimming work to make sure it’s done safely and in a way that won’t interfere with electrical service.

Our contractor trims trees using directional pruning techniques, which train branches to grow away from power lines and equipment. This method is recognized as a good practice by national tree authorities, and helps minimize the impact on public safety and electrical service.

Trees That Are Too Large

Removing hazardous trees can be dangerous work. It’s important to hire an arborist who is insured and bonded.

When a tree is too big for the space on your property, it needs to be removed. Our arborist expert will assess your tree and provide recommendations for removing it safely without damaging your home or property.

Generally, an arborist will ask a property owner what risk tolerance they have for their trees and then assess whether the level of danger posed by the tree exceeds their tolerance. This is the basis for defining a tree as a “hazard”.

How Our Tree Services Can Restore Your Tree After Storm Damage

If you have storm damage to your tree, it needs professional attention. A Certified Arborist will assess the damage and determine how to best restore it.

Storm damage to trees can cause significant losses, including property damage and power outages. These events often occur at times when homeowners are least prepared.

Damaged Branches

When storms come to Tennessee, they can take a toll on our trees. But if you have the right storm damage cleanup, your tree can recover, heal, and regain its appearance.

To determine if a storm-damaged tree can be saved, you should look at the following questions: Does at least 50 percent of its crown (branches and leaves) remain intact? Are there remaining branches that can form a new branch structure?

If the answer is yes, then it may be possible to save your tree with corrective pruning.

However, you should not over-prune your tree or prune the damaged branches in such a way that they will exacerbate the damage.

This is called topping and can make the limbs that grow back weaker, making them more likely to fall during future storms. Additionally, it can cause other limbs to break further out from the trunk and create more damage to the tree.

Split Trunks & Cracks

Storms can cause a variety of damage to trees, including split trunks and cracks. These are generally the most serious and costly type of tree damage.

Fortunately, most split trunks and cracks can heal over time. This is due to a number of factors, including the health and strength of the tree, the ability of the tree to compartmentalize wounds and the skill of an arborist.

However, some tree trunks may need to be removed. This is a highly specialized and expensive process.

Another common problem is frost cracks. These occur in tree trunks when bark is exposed to freezing and thawing temperatures.

These cracks can be several feet long and a few inches wide. They usually occur on the south and southwest sides of trees.

Leaning & Blown-Over Trees

Trees can be very resilient, and a lot of them recover quite well. However, some storms can take a toll on your trees.

The best way to determine if your tree is damaged is to inspect it from a safe distance. Look for cracks in the trunk or major limbs, and make sure the roots are still firmly anchored to the ground.

This is a crucial step in helping a tree recover, Fichera says, because it ensures that the roots will have time to heal.

You also want to examine the roots of your damaged tree for signs of rot or other damage. If you notice air pockets around the root, it is a good idea to add soil and water it in until the tree’s roots are healthy again.

Damaged Bark

The bark of a tree is the outer layer that protects a tree from pests, disease and weather. It also helps transport food produced by leaves to the roots of the tree.

If a portion of the tree bark is knocked off, it exposes the inner layer of live tissue to insect pests and diseases that can lead to a decline in the health of the tree. This is not a good situation for any tree.

Wounds that penetrate into a tree’s bark damage the cambium, a thin layer of vascular tissue responsible for movement of water and nutrients within the wood. This opens the interior of the tree to fungi and bacteria that can cause decay and butt rot, which will weaken the structure of the tree and reduce its life span.

It is possible to save some trees with bark that has been damaged by a storm. However, it is a difficult process and one that should be left to a professional arborist.