Everyone has a different preference to their best friend in the animal kingdom. Usually, it is that domestic animal they are fond of, which eventually becomes their pet. In the plant kingdom, trees are probably those close friends that we never know they really are until it is time too fell them. It is then that you realize that you have had a sentimental attachment to the trees.
Looking outside the bedroom window every morning and the stout cedar or oak tree is standing outside waving the morning salaams. In the evening after work, you spend some of your time in introspection, or rapt in thought, under the tree.
Trees are those silent friends that watch your daily experiences. You sit under them when happy, or when sad; when fearful and anxious, and when under different moods depending on our experiences. They are that favorite spot. When it is finally time to cut them down, there is evidently an inner struggle within us, on whether to cut them or spare them the ax.
It is therefore important to know just why you should remove a tree from your compound. In a violent weather, when nature throws snow and ice storms or thunderstorms and tornados, some trees are vulnerable and could cause havoc.
These trees are not strong enough to withstand such weather and they may fall on your house, thus destruction. Trees, like human beings and other animals, may also grow sick. If not cut down in good time, they may spread disease to other trees.
It is therefore important that you cut them down. Other trees also die, even though they remain standing in the ground; such also need felling. There are some signs that could show on trees, which are indicators that the time has come to remove some trees. Some of the signs are discussed below.
Examine Tree Roots
Roots provide structural support to the entire tree. They go deep into the ground just to ensure that the tree not only remains standing, but also gets the necessary nutrients and water. It is quite easy to know whether a tree is ready for removal by examining the root. When there are spaces between the roots and the ground, then it means that the roots are losing some of its support. Some fungi that grow near the base of the tree should also sound warning bells. A compromised root system can also be seen through sprouts that grow at the base of the root.
Tree Trunk Inspection
A trunk is the backbone or spine of the tree. A healthy trunk means that the tree is very healthy too. You should pay keen attention to the defects that may appear on the trunk. Any damage or decay on the trunk are early signs that the tree is not doing well. If the trunk is not fit as a fiddle, this spells out disaster. When next the storm will strike, the tree may be the cause to some damage. Crevices on the tree trunk are also signs of a tree that should be cut. The extent of the crevices and cracks or even cavities that cause infection should be critically examined.
Look at the trunk.
When plants grow, they tend towards the direction of sunlight. Sunlight is an important ingredient for good growth. Some trees, in the attempt to reach sunlight, lean their trunks very much. These trunks that over-lean should be cut.
Check for weak branches
Weak branches on a tree are a sign that the tree is undergoing stress. These branches can have an injurious effect on those branches that are below them. Usually, a few signs show at the junction where branches meet. It could be a v-angled crotches. You should prone this branches for safety during storms and other violent weather conditions.
Take precautions with certain species
Soft wood trees have a rapid growth. They grow to very high heights and are especially vulnerable during storms because of the strong wind.
Identify signs of infestation
A tree can be infested by insects and diseases which weaken the tree. You should inspect your branches, trunks and barks of a tree to check for beetles, and bugs. This is usually a sign of infestation.
Dead or dying crown
The crown of a tree is the spot where the branches near the top, spread out. Since branches tend to die from the top to down, the crown is a very good way of analyzing the health of a tree. If the crown is more than fifty percent damaged or dead, this is evidence that the tree is not healthy and requires removal.
Patches of missing bark.
Barks of a tree may become brittle and even fall off when slightly touched. Patches of missing barks show that the tree has been there for long.
Fungal growth near the trunk base
Fungi weaken the tree by causing decay. This leads to structural damage of the trunk. While it is not easy to tell whether the tree is undergoing decay by a look at the exterior, presence of fungi in the exterior give this sign. In case there are old wounds or cracks that have not fully healed; then it means that the tree trunk is decaying.
Near your home, car and power lines
Branches of some trees may hang loosely near your home, car or power line, posing a serious threat to safety. This branches can easily break and damage your house, or car, and when they fall on power lines, it is more disastrous. Roots of trees may also grow up through the floor and it is dangerous. Trees may cast much shade on the roof of your house and this results to growth of molds on top of the roof. It is evidently not so attractive to have a roof that is covered with mold. These trees should be removed in order to preserve the beauty of the home.
In this case, it is better to choose safety over anything else.