Trees add aesthetic appeal to any landscape in addition to providing several other advantages. These benefits, especially their aesthetic appeal can be enhanced by taking proper care of the trees. This means that you have to be able to tell when your trees need services. Other times, a tree may have to be removed. Pruning and removal are however not only for aesthetic reasons. Doing so helps to prevent property damage and avoid the danger and costs of rotting or dying trees. This should be done as soon as the following signs are observed.
Heavy or Falling Branches
Falling branches are a rather obvious sign that the tree needs some care. The same applies to branches that are visibly heavy and sagging. The damage that can be caused by such branches can be enormous especially when there are strong winds or heavy snow. When such signs are observed, the tree should be examined to determine whether removal is necessary. It is also recommended to check trees after a storm and remove broken and limp branches.
Cracks on the bark of a tree can mean that the tree is infected by a tree disease or has suffered strain in its structure for different reasons. The extent and position of the cracks will determine whether pruning should be done or the tree should be removed. If they are too deep, the tree might begin to rot which means you might ultimately be forced to remove it.
Deadwood and Crossing Branches
When branches of a tree start crossing and rubbing each other, it is time to prune. Rubbing leads to bark damage which can expose the braches’ interior and cause decay. Decay spreads from one part of the branch to the other, and this may affect the whole tree.
If a tree has deadwood due to decay or any other factor, you need to prune it before it becomes hazardous.
The primary reason why people prune is because of excess branches on a tree. When a tree becomes so thick with branches in every place, it is time to prune it. Pruning would be necessary to improve aesthetics and prevent damage among other reasons.
When braches start to wander, they begin to pose a danger and inconvenience especially if they are too close to a house or a power line. In such cases, pruning is necessary. If may also be necessary if the tree branches are crossing over to a neighbor’s property.
Signs of Disease
If you notice that a spot on the bark of your tree is missing or sunken, the tree might be infected by a disease such as a tree canker. If only a few branches have been affected, pruning might save the tree. However, if the tree is severely affected or is likely to infect other trees, it is probably time to remove it.
Know Your Trees
While some signs are hard to ignore, others require regular inspection of the tree to know when something is not right. Inspection is also necessary to determine the extent of damage and/or danger. This helps one to know which between pruning and removal is necessary. Professionals such as Austin Tree can help you determine as well as prune or remove hazardous trees.