Making Smarter Landscaping Choices

3 Excellent Reasons For Hiring A Tree Removal Professional

Although no one likes the idea of having to remove a living tree, there are times when doing so is in the best interests of the property owner, other household residents,neighbors, and nearby plant and animal life. When a tree needs to be removed, it's often best to call a professional rather than try to do the job yourself -- particularly if it's an established tree. You might be able to successfully remove a young sapling by yourself or even chop down a healthy tree, but you should leave the following three situations to professionals, such as Mead Tree & Turf Care Inc.

Your Trees Are Close to Electrical Lines

Trees that are too close to electrical lines run the risk of creating a variety of hazardous situations. Keep in mind that local utility companies have the legal right to use any means necessary to prevent the trees and other vegetation on your property from coming into contact with power lines, including the use of herbicides and a practice called tree topping that renders most trees unattractive. Tree topping involves cutting the tops of the trees in a horizontal line to keep their leaves and branches back from the power lines. While this won't harm the trees, many homeowners find it unattractive. If aesthetic appeal is important to you, and you don't want herbicides used on your property, you're better off hiring a professional tree service to remove the trees with potential to interfere with power lines. After that, you can work with a landscaping professional to select smaller shrubs and trees that won't reach power lines.

One or More of Your Trees is Diseased

Proper removal and disposal of diseased trees is extremely important -- otherwise, you run the risk of spreading the disease to other trees in the vicinity. A trained arborist will be able to identify the disease and carry out a proper removal and disposal plan that won't result in the spread of the pathogen. For instance, removal of trees with Dutch Elm disease must involve breaking off the grafted rootstocks so that they don't continue to grow -- otherwise, the disease may be spread to other trees because it spreads via root systems. 

One or More of Your Trees is Unstable

An unstable tree poses a potential safety hazard and should be removed. Trees become unstable for a variety of reasons, and a tree that is noticeably leaning in any one direction may result in injury to people or property in the event that the tree falls over. Have a professional safely remove the tree to avoid disaster.