Your Backyard Landscaping: When Tree Removal May Be Your Best Option

When considering your backyard landscaping, you hesitate to think of altering your backyard design by removing your trees. After all, trees take a great deal of time to grow into adulthood and provide you with shade, aesthetic appeal, and beautiful foliage in the spring and fall. However, in spite of your affinity to your cherished trees, there are times when tree removal is desirable or even necessary in your landscaping design. Get to know the appropriate times to remove a tree so that you can be well-prepared and knowledgeable of what is best for your home and landscaping. 

When Your Root System Is Out Of Control

Trees have extensive root systems, especially large, old-growth trees. These underground, unseen components of your trees can extend out further than the height of the tree. This means that your trees' root systems can extend into your home's foundation, sewer line, gas line, and the like. 

While tree roots usually grow along the path of least resistance, meaning they avoid penetrating through hard structures when they can grow around them, this is not always the case. If you begin to experience foundation problems, sewer line leaks, clogs, or disruptions, and the like that cannot be solved through simple cleaning and repairs, your tree roots may be to blame. 

In this case, you can dig out and remove the offending tree roots. However, there is a high chance that the problem will recur. In this case, tree removal would be prudent. If the tree is small, you may be able to remove it without destroying it and relocate to a position that is further away from your home or pertinent underground systems. 

Extensive Damage To The Tree Structure

Trees are designed to withstand a great deal of trauma without losing structural integrity. However, a lightening strike, severe windstorm or snowstorm, or other extreme events could cause such extensive damage to your tree's structure that it would be dangerous to leave it standing. 

If the tree trunk is compromised, particularly in the lower half of the trunk, the tree is unsafe to remain standing. Any further damage or trauma could cause the tree to fall, damaging other trees, your fence, or even collapsing atop your home. Controlled tree removal will prevent such damage.

Incurable Tree Illnesses Or Infestations

Though you may not think about it often, trees are living organisms. As such, they are susceptible to illnesses and diseases as well as infestations. In forested areas such as the Rocky Mountains or the Big Horn Mountains, fungal infections, beetle infestations, or other diseases can sweep through miles of forest, killing of the vast majority of the trees in their paths. 

These same problems can affect the trees in your backyard. In the case of a catastrophic infection or infestation, removing the effected tree may be easier and cheaper than attempting treatment. Removal may also prevent the problem from spreading to other trees in your yard, destroying your entire landscape design.

Now that you know scenarios in which tree removal is your best option, you know what to look out for in your future landscaping endeavors. So, the next time you have tree troubles, keep these important factors in mind.  (For more information, contact Jonny's Tree & Landscaping Co., LLC)


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