Branching Out: Keeping A Healthy Environment Through Tree Care

Two reasons why an arborist might recommend that you have your tree removed

There are several reasons why an arborist might recommend that you have your tree removed. Continue reading to learn more.

The tree's roots have begun to grow under your shared fence and onto your neighbour's property

If you have a tree that is located a few metres away from the fence that you share with your neighbour, you might think that there is no way that this tree could possibly damage your neighbour's property.

However, this might not be true, and in fact, your local tree removal expert might advise you to cut it down. The reason for this is as follows; the length of a tree's roots can often span several metres and will continue to spread outwards from the trunk in all directions until the tree is fully grown.

If your tree's roots start to move underneath the ground below your shared fence and grow into the soil on your neighbour's property, they could wreak havoc on both your neighbour's garden and their house's foundation.

The growth of the roots could, for example, cause bumps to form in your neighbour's concrete patio. Additionally, if the roots draw water out of the ground and thus dry out the soil under the foundation of your neighbour's house, this soil will contract, and the foundation above it will begin to cave in, which will then result in the building sustaining structural damage.

If this happens, not only will your relationship with your neighbour be in jeopardy, but you could also be sued for compensation to cover the cost of repairing the damage that your tree's roots caused to your neighbour's home. This legal battle could be expensive and very distressing.

As such, if after examining your tree the arborist informs you that its roots are starting to move past your shared fence, you should get the tree cut down as quickly as possible.

The tree is showing signs of disease

If an arborist tells you that your tree is beginning to show signs of disease, then it may be best to get that tree removed.

There are a couple of reasons why it's not advisable to keep a diseased tree on your property. The first is that the disease may weaken the roots and the trunk of the tree, which may, in turn, make the tree less stable and more likely to fall over during a period of bad weather.

The second is that if there are other trees on your property, the pathogens on the diseased tree may end up contaminating and damaging these trees. This could happen if, for example, your child climbs the diseased tree and then proceeds to climb another tree (as they could inadvertently transfer the pathogens with their hands).

If you think your tree may need to be removed, contact a local tree removal company.