Cutting down a tree is never an easy decision; however, there are some very valid reasons for doing so. At Nabor's Tree Service, we understand the angst in contemplating a tree removal, but this article may help justify in your mind (and wallet) why removing a tree is sometimes very necessary.
Trees are often planted in poor locations. They aren't necessarily bad when the tree is first planted and small, however over time (sometimes decades) a tree's growth can cause major landscaping issues. The number one problem we see in the area is not being able to grow grass. Large shade trees are notorious for preventing grass (and other landscape plantings) from growing anywhere around the trees. And ask any family with children and dogs what a mess this can cause, especially in the wet seasons of spring and autumn. Removing a tree so you can grow grass and other landscape plantings is a very valid reason.
Property Structure Problems
Again, trees are often planted in poor locations as they mature. Just recently we removed a 50 years old Black Oak that was planted only 10 paces from the corner of a house. Of course this trees was tiny when planted, however, over the decades it grew into a massive specimen, jutting large branches out over the roof of this house. Further, during the autumn, the number of leaves this tree shed caused serious gutter issues, in terms of roof drainage. This is only one specific example of a tree causing problems with a property structure. Another common tree problem is growing near and over power lines. This is a more significant problem, especially during strong storms and ice when there is a potential for tree damage. Encroaching on property structures is probably the best reason to remove a tree.
Strong storms, winds, and ice can damage trees beyond repair (via tree trimming). Further, with enough damage, such as a tree splitting, the tree will eventually die anyway. Severely damaged trees are not only unsightly in a landscape but potentially hazardous as they can potentially damage nearby structures and even lives. While we can trim away some damage on storm-impact trees, there is a point where the tree should be removed for safety and landscaping reasons.
Disease and Insect Infestation
Disease and insects, such as the emerald ash borer, kill trees every year. Moreover, even before they are completely dead, they often become ugly and potentially dangerous in your landscape. While our certified arborists can usually diagnose and treat diseased and insect-infested trees successfully, there are situations where a tree is beyond help. In these case, the only prudent action to take is to remove the tree.
Other Safety Issues
Mature trees can impair egress to/from a property or impair people's vision, which creates a safety issue. Again, trees planted too close to a house can block doors, windows, garages, etc. Even after a good trimming, some trees are still problematic in this regard. Further, even if well-trimmed, they will just continue growing causing a recurring problem. Additionally, trees can block stop signs, traffic signals, and another safety elements in our community, making them a hazard for motorists and pedestrians. In these cases, tree removal is often necessary.
While we advocate saving a tree if at all possible, sometimes in specific situations, tree removal is the only real options property owners have. Call Nabor's Tree Service Chattanooga for a free, honest assessment and estimate of any problematic tree you may have.