Trees do a lot for your property. Not only do they make your yard look more welcoming, but they also can add serious value to your home. In fact, a mature tree can increase your home’s resale value by as much as $10,000 depending on type and placement. But sometimes those same trees can hurt your home’s value and the best thing you can do is get the trees removed by your local Denver tree company
. So, how do you know when it’s time to call and schedule a tree removal appointment? Watch for these signs.
1. The Tree’s Not Growing Normally
If you’ve lived at your house for any length of time, you know what your trees look like when they’re healthy. They should have abundant growth, beautiful leaves, and just look healthy. But if you notice that a tree isn’t growing or has more dead branches than it does live ones, it’s time to get it removed. At this point, the tree is likely dying and won’t produce the growth you rely on to shade your home and keep things comfortable. Leaving it puts your home at risk for damage and makes your landscaping look rundown at best.
2. The Trunk Is Splitting
The trunk is the main support system for the tree. It sends water and nutrients from the roots up through the rest of the branches and limbs. When trees are healthy, the trunk should be solid and strong. But when the tree is damaged or has diseases and insects undermining the health of the tree, you’ll start to see cracks and splits in the trunk. If you notice these, call your tree company and let them remove it safely. Once the vascular system is damaged, it’s incredibly hard to bring a tree back.
3. You’re Planning a Construction Project
It should go without saying that if you’re planning a construction project in your yard near or next to a tree, it might be best to have it removed. Leaving large trees in place when you know you need to build near them puts both the tree and your new addition at risk for damage. Construction projects compact the soil and put added strain on the tree’s root system.
When this happens, the tree can’t get the nutrients it needs from the soil and it will start to suffer. Over time, the tree may die and could fall on your new addition, damaging it and potentially injuring others inside the structure. The best thing you can do is remove the tree—you may even be able to replant it elsewhere in your yard. Your tree service will be able to help you find a suitable spot for the tree.
4. The Bark Is Pealing
Healthy trees shed bark throughout the year. It’s part of what keeps the tree healthy. And when the tree is healthy, it should shed and immediately replace that shed bark with a new layer. If you notice that the bark is peeling off or falling off without a new layer underneath it, there’s a major problem with the tree. Inspect the trunk for signs of bark damage. If you see what looks like bare wood patches, call your arborist immediately. In most cases, it’s best to remove the tree entirely, but you may be able to bring the tree back.
5. You Notice the Signs of Root Rot
Root rot happens when fungus starts growing beneath the soil and coats or invades the roots of the tree. When the fungus forms, it makes it hard for the tree to continue to grow properly and often, the only way to deal with it is to remove the tree entirely. Look for the signs of root rot on your trees. These include stunted growth, yellow or pale green leaves, dead branches, and rapid deterioration of your tree’s appearance. If you notice these issues, call your arborist. They’ll be able to assess the drainage around your other trees and help you prevent the problem for your other trees in the future.
6. It’s Damaged After a Storm
Storms are all too common in the greater Denver area. Hail, wind, and even heavy snow can all damage trees catastrophically. And once that happens, the only recourse you have is to remove the tree from your property. After a storm, take a look around your yard. If you notice that a tree is heavily damaged or uprooted, call your arborist. It’s often best to remove the tree entirely.
If the roots are compromised by the storm, there’s a good chance that the tree will fall. This puts both your family and your property at risk. Removing the tree will spare you the risk of filing a claim on your homeowners insurance policy and helps you keep your loved ones safe.
7. The Tree Is Too Close to Power Lines
Power lines may provide electricity to your home. But they’re also a major area of concern for the more established trees in your yard. As trees grow, you can only control their limbs so much. Over time, it’s possible that the tree will grow too close to the power lines. If this happens, your arborist may need to remove the tree completely.
Leaving the tree in place could lead to fires on your property. Remember, powerlines run at an incredibly high voltage. This voltage is more than enough to create a spark and if the lines are damaged as a result of a tree on your property, you could be liable for the cost of the repairs.
Schedule an Inspection
If you’re worried about the trees on your property, don’t wait. Schedule an inspection with our team and let us help you decide if it’s time to remove them. Our dedicated staff knows when trees need a little extra care and when they’re beyond saving. We’ll help you figure out what’s best for your yard no matter what type of trees you have on the property. And when the time comes to remove them, we’ll make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible.