As a homeowner, you know that your trees can make or break your landscaping. When they look their best, your entire yard looks better and more put-together. But trees are living things and sometimes, they grow in ways you can’t predict or control. This can lead your landscaping to look overgrown or hurt your home’s curb appeal. So, how can you tell if it’s time to call a local Denver tree company
? Watch for these tell-tale signs.
You Notice Low-Hanging Branches
Low hanging branches may not seem like much of a problem, but they can do serious damage if they’re allowed to stay in place. Consider this: when branches hang close to your house, car, or other landscaping, what would happen if they fell? The items beneath the branches would get damaged. If you trim those low-hanging branches back, the rest of your property will be protected. Your trusted tree service will be able to trim just enough of the limbs back to keep your property safe without hurting the rest of the tree.
The Tree Looks “Off”
Remember that uncontrollable and unpredictable growth we mentioned? It can spell major health issues for the tree if you’re not careful. But it can also hurt the way your landscaping looks. Take a look at your trees and think about how it impacts your home’s appearance. If the trees look off or you notice one part of the canopy taking off in a completely different direction, call your tree service. Letting it grow unchecked may strain the rest of the tree and cause irreparable damage to the trunk or surrounding limbs. When this happens, you’ll be forced to get the tree removed completely.
There Are Dead Branches in the Canopy
Sometimes, random branches will die off. This is the tree’s way of preserving its overall health and wellbeing. It doesn’t always mean that there’s damage to the rest of the tree. But it should always encourage you to call your local tree company and get the tree inspected. They’ll at very least want to remove the dead branches—otherwise you risk breakage that could introduce fungus and insects into the trunk. When you call an experienced pro in, they’ll be able to determine the cause of the dead growth and can help you protect the rest of the tree against further damage.
You’re Not Getting Sunlight Where You’d Like It
Trees grow. Sometimes that growth happens quickly and it can hurt the rest of your landscaping. If you’ve noticed that the trees are blocking light to your garden beds or are shading other plants around the yard, call a tree service as soon as possible. They may be able to trim the limbs back without hurting the tree. And if they can’t, they’ll be able to recommend alternative methods to increase the health of your other plants. Keep in mind that larger trees may take priority over other landscaping elements. Moving them is difficult and cutting them down can hurt your home’s resale value.
There Are Cracks in the Trunk
Cracks in the trunk aren’t just damaging to the look of your trees—they’re damaging to the tree’s health, too. Even minor surface cracks create openings for insects, mold, and rot to get into the trunk. If they’re left to their own devices, the cracks will spread, ultimately shortening the lifespan of your trees. If you notice any cracks that penetrate beneath the bark, contact a tree company as soon as possible. There may be steps you can take to mitigate the damage and keep things from getting worse in the long-run.
A Storm Damaged the Tree
Storm damage can happen during any season in the Denver area. High winds cause heavy limbs to break. Heavy snows put strain on the entire tree. After a severe storm, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your tree company and let them inspect each tree for damage. The sooner minor damage is taken care of, the better off your trees will be. But if the damage is severe and the tree can’t be saved, you’ll also want to get it removed as soon as possible. Dead trees are a safety hazard and need to be professionally removed quickly.
Nearby Trees Are Growing Together
Believe it or not, most trees are incredibly polite to one other. Their limbs typically stop and shift their growing patterns to avoid getting entwined in another’s limbs. But sometimes, the limbs will grow together. When this happens, you’re left with a well-shaded yard and trees that are subject to different challenges. The best thing you can do is call your tree service and let them create a plan to separate the branches safely. Trying to handle the job on your own puts you at risk for injury and could result in serious damage to the trees.
The Leaves Have White Patches
Fungi grow in all conditions, even during winter months. This means your trees are always at risk for mold growth. Luckily, mold is relatively easy to spot as long as you know what to look for. Check the leaves for discoloration or white chalky patches. If you notice any, call your tree company. Trimming the affected area may help you save the rest of tree and when combined with a tree-safe fungicide, you may be able to keep the mold from spreading to the other trees on your property. The sooner you get them inspected, the better.
Don’t Put It Off
Your trees do so much for your property. Give them the care and attention they deserve year-round. Take the time to go out and inspect each tree for issues and damage. If you see anything that looks unusual or are worried about a limb that’s getting a bit too close to your roof, contact our team immediately. The sooner you get your trees inspected and trimmed, the healthier they’ll stay. And healthy trees can make all the difference in the way your house looks and how much your property is worth in the long-run.