Trees can oftentimes be majestic, lifelong beauties in your garden. Sometimes, however, they may turn into hazards, putting you, your family and your property at risk. Similarly, they may be taking up too much water or sunlight, making it difficult for any other plants in your garden to keep up. It is in these cases where trees may need to be cut down or removed altogether. Depending on the size of the tree and other factors like root growth, this process can easily become a massive, time consuming project, which may be best left to the professionals.
There are a variety of factors which may lead to the decision to cut down a tree in your garden. Some of these may require further research or an examination of the tree to determine whether or not felling is necessary.
One of the primary reasons for tree felling is old age, disease and ultimately, signs of a dying tree. These signs take on various forms and can often be identified on inspection. Listed are a few common indications of an ageing/dying tree:
- Yellow or browning leaves on deciduous trees during growing season
- Branches no longer fully covered in bark and bark is becoming very brittle
- Small holes appearing on branches or the trunk, indicating that wood boring insects have started nesting inside
- Slimy roots due to rotting and fungus
When a tree is in the process of dying, its structure may become dangerously unstable and could lead to branches falling off, or worse, the tree falling down. If any of the above signs are clearly visible on your tree, or you notice any other unusual indicators, it may be best to have an expert take a look and advise you on whether or not felling is the answer.
Despite old age and disease, trees may simply grow in a way that starts causing problems. Whether the branches are starting to get caught in electrical lines or the whole tree is leaning dangerously to one side, it is best to take precautions and cut the tree down to prevent any risks altogether.
Some situations require complete removal of a tree, where the roots and stump are not left in the ground. This occurs mainly when roots become a problem, or where a specific tree species should not be encouraged to continue growing in your garden.
Roots can cause massive complications. The stronger and larger they get, the more structural damage they can cause to house foundations, pavements and walls. Roots of this size begin lifting the ground, leading to all sorts of warping. It is best in these cases to completely remove the tree.
Many trees found in our gardens are not indigenous to South Africa or even Cape Town specifically. These are called alien invaders. Because these trees originate in other countries and are thus suited to different climates, they tend to require more water or sunlight than our indigenous species. In our drought prone country, we cannot afford to encourage such species to continue growing in our gardens. Leaving the roots may run the danger of continual growth, which should be avoided.
Trees do not always need to be cut down or removed to prevent danger. Sometimes it is simply a case of removing loose or dead branches. This can easily be done by professional tree experts and should not be attempted alone if there is any risk of getting injured.
Trimming is also an important part of maintaining overall tree health and will encourage these special garden friends to remain in your outdoor space for many years to come
Zant Landscaping Services has the appropriate tools and skilled team to tend to trees that need to be cut down, surgically removed or simply given a healthy trim. Get in touch with us for an obligation-free quotation today!
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