That large maple tree hanging over your patio doesn’t look so good. How can you tell whether you should hire a tree service to remove it? You can perform these four simple examinations to find out.
Assess the location of the tree
Is the tree really close to your home? Is it close enough that the branches are touching your siding? If so, the tree may damage your siding through mold growth. If the tree blocks the sun from reaching a portion of your home, the inside of your home may develop mold, which is costly to fix.
If the branches are growing into power lines, it's definitely a hazard, and although it may cost a little extra for hazardous tree removal, it'll definitely be worth it.
Examine the branches
Dead or hanging branches may fall during severe winds and leave you with roof repair costing thousands of dollars.
If the tree is not aesthetically appealing because of the way it's growing, you may want to consider pruning it, which can strengthen your tree and give it a new and healthier look.
Check the leaves, branches and bark
Cutting down diseased trees may be necessary because the disease can cause structural issues that comprise the tree's integrity. A licensed arborist or a tree removal company can assess the tree and how badly the disease is affecting it.
Your tree may be diseased if it loses leaves early or if the leaves are discolored, lack veins or have the appearance of odd nodules. Other signs include peculiar bumps on the bark, branches dying off and any type of fungus growing on the trunk or branches.
Disease not only reduces the visual appeal of the tree, but they can weaken the tree, making it more prone to falling down or losing limbs. In some cases, the disease is manageable, and you can prevent the need to have it removed. But if the disease is severe enough, you should look into cutting down the tree.
Look for defects
Certain defects can compromise the tree and increase the likelihood of it falling down. Insurance may not cover the damage caused by a falling tree because many insurance policies don't cover acts of nature.
If you have a tree that shows any of these 4 items, it most likely needs to be trimmed or removed. Give Cutting Edge Tree Care Specialists today for all your tree removal needs.
Scab and rust diseases are caused by fungi that invade crabapple, apple, hawthorn, common pear, and other ornamental plants in the rose family.
Fungi are organisms that do not produce chlorophyll and therefore cannot produce their own food. They survive by invading and taking nutrition from green plants or other food sources. When a living system such as a plant is invaded, tissue damage or death may result.
Scab and rust diseases rarely kill their hosts. If ornamental trees such as crabapples or hawthorns are severely infected by these diseases, however, the ornamental value of the plants may be lost. With average weather conditions, properly timed applications of fungicides and proper cultural procedures, we can achieve acceptable control.
The fungi that cause scab and rust diseases attack new growth on the host plants, especially in early spring. Foliage, twigs, flowers, and fruit are susceptible to attack. Scab fungi overwinter on fallen leaves, fruit, and in infected twigs. Their spores are released on cool, moist days in early spring when the host plants are beginning to leaf out. Rust fungi overwinter on alternate hosts such as junipers. Spore release coincides with early growth of the host plants. Cool, moist conditions favor heavy infections. Warm, dry conditions will reduce the extent of infections.
Host susceptibility also determines the extent of infection and damage. There is a wide variability in host resistance to both scab and rust diseases.
As infected leaves grow, lesions or rust spots form on the surface. These lesions grow on the leaves causing leaf curl and distortion. If the lesions grow enough to merge together, early defoliation may occur. Such early defoliation results in plant stress and can reduce the stored energy reserves of the host. Lesions also may form on the fruits, but these have little impact on the host.
Proper pruning of ornamental crabapples and hawthorns will thin the crowns of the trees to provide improved air circulation. This creates a less favorable environment for the fungi. Healthy well-maintained trees are better able to withstand any stress caused by these leaf fungi.
If you think your trees may be suffering from scab and rust diseases, give Cutting Edge Tree Care Specialists a call today. We are a licensed arborist with over 20 years experience with tree care and removal.
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