Branching Out: Keeping A Healthy Environment Through Tree Care

Factors to Consider Before Removing a Tree on Bluff Property

Do you have a home built on a stiff cliff? Would like to get a better view from your home by removing some of the trees obstructing that view? Read on and discover some of the things that you need to consider before removing those trees.

Managing Soil Erosion

Tree roots help to prevent soil erosion by holding the soil in place. This protective ability is very important for properties that are built on land with a steep gradient. This is because agents of erosion have a greater impact on steep slopes. Once the trees are removed, the roots will gradually rot, and the soil will no longer be bound together. This will make it susceptible to agents of erosion such as wind and running water. You should think of a way to counteract this negative effect of tree removal before you cut down those trees. For instance, you can plant grass so that the roots of that grass hold the soil together.

Slope Failure

Mature trees also play an important role of stabilising the slope on your property. Once they are removed, the slope can collapse because the decomposing tree roots create lines of weakness that can succumb to the force of gravity. Slope failure is a strong possibility if you want to remove several trees that are close to each other. Find a way to prevent slope failure before you remove those trees. For example, you can construct a retaining wall or any other bolstering structure to minimise the risk of slope failure.

Wind Damage

Trees reduce the destructive impact of wind on properties (such as your house). Once the trees are removed, your house may be vulnerable to the full force of any blowing wind. You need to select which trees to remove so that you do not expose your home to the destructive power of the wind. For instance, you can remove young trees that were playing a limited role in breaking the force of the wind.

The risks above can easily be managed if you avoid DIY tree removal. An expert will evaluate your property before deciding on the best strategy to remove trees selectively so that your get the beautiful view that you longed for. Alternatively, the tree removal professional may severely prune some trees so that the number of trees to be removed is kept at a minimum. This will give you the view you want without creating any adverse effects on your property. For more information, contact a local tree removal service.