Trees, like us, have a lifespan. Depending on species and environment, trees can live for hundreds of years. There are still many large trees alive today that were living when our country was founded. Knowing the history of your outdoor home will help you determine the age of your trees, as some may be part of the original landscape and others added later on. Unfortunately, the best way to tell a tree’s age is to count the growth rings when it is cut down—something we want to avoid!
What should I look for in a tree company?
When you are looking for tree services, quality, reliability, and experience are 3 key factors to explore. Look for professional certifications and licenses and, most importantly, experience and reputation. It is also important to look for a company with an active and aggressive safety program. Excel Tree Care employees are trained in safety, and employ the most up-to-date safety technology. It is very important that any tree company you choose to do business with have all the correct insurance in place. They should also be available to answer your questions about any of these issues.
There are many reasons that you might need tree removal. Some may be for aesthetic purposes, some may be because a tree on your property poses a danger to your home or your family. You should know when it is time to get a tree removed by a professional so that you can have it done before it is too late.
Signs of a Dead/Sick Tree
When a tree is very sick or has already died, then chances are that it will need to be completely removed. Some sick trees can be healed, but most will only spread their disease to other trees in the area before dying sometime soon. A dead or sick tree can drop limbs or completely fall, which can cause serious damage to homes or cars and can be deadly to anyone nearby.
Here are some common signs of a dead or sick tree:
• All of the leaves have fallen off at the wrong time of the year and are not growing back.
• The bark of the tree is becoming brittle and falling off of the tree. It may crumble at your touch.
• Fungi or mushrooms are growing on the tree.
• The wood looks dead or some of the smaller branches have fallen off.
• Deep cracks can be seen in the bark of the tree.
Other Signs Removal Is Needed
Here are some other signs that you may need a tree removed:
• The tree is casting too much shade on the home or the roof, resulting in the growth of mold.
• The roots of the tree are growing up through the floor of the home or into the plumbing.
• The branches of the tree are dangerously close to power lines or the roof of the home (in many cases, tree trimming may get the job done in this case).
If you think a tree should be removed or you are worried that something is wrong with your tree for any reason, it’s best to call in a professional to take a look. This is the best way to know for sure if the tree is worth keeping or should be taken down.