Things to Consider Before Removing a Tree

From on October 03, 2008 in Landscaping

trees.jpgWith the growing value of trees from an ecological perspective and the value they generally add to a property’s worth, tree removal might seem like an ill-advised choice. Although it may be a wise rule of thumb to think in terms of saving a tree rather than removing it, sometimes a tree needs special attention – and, occasionally, in a major way.

For example, what if an aged tree is leaning dangerously close to your house? Or what if an ancient hedge of evergreen trees, planted when your house was built in the 1930s, has grown so old and shaggy that it makes the inside of your home dark and dreary, and the exterior outdated, to say the least. Another example might be that you have discovered a vibrant sapling that has established itself in a far corner of your property, but if allowed to grow, could clash with other trees close by. What should you do?

About.com offers practical advice: “Tree removal is often necessary. Learn what to look for in hiring services or arborists for tree removal, like clauses in their contracts. Tree removal, remember, is dangerous. Limbing is less severe, but still check that services are insured.” Among other things to consider if you decide to remove trees is how to deal with the remaining stumps. In other words: contact an expert in tree removal!

David Beaulieu, in another article for About.com, says, “If you have a large tree limb hanging over your house, you may have little choice but to hire a tree service to remove it safely. At the other end of the spectrum, to raise or protect your property value, hiring arborists to put their artistic flare and scientific knowledge to work in pruning your prized trees may make sense.”

Small trees can be transplanted effectively in late winter or early spring, with fall being the second most effective time. Although the transplanting process is simple enough for a knowledgeable do-it-yourselfer, there are many considerations to bear in mind if you want to ensure the survival of tree after it’s transplanted. Unless you feel confident in your abilities to do the physical work involved, and – just as importantly – to gauge the appropriateness of the new location you select for the tree, this a job that may best be handled by a landscaper. If the tree you’re transplanting is relatively small, you won’t need a tree expert for this task. In case you want to explore whether this job is something you can take on yourself, check out David Beaulieu’s extensive tips.