Two reasons to have a tree cut down

Although trees can enhance a garden's aesthetic and even potentially increase a property's value, there are circumstances in which it may be necessary to have them cut down. Read on to find out more about the type of situations that necessitate tree removal.

The tree is creating too much shade in the garden

The shade that a large, mature tree provides can serve as a welcome respite from the heat of a summer's day. However, too much shade can also have a detrimental effect on the health of a property's lawn and plant life.

Inadequate amounts of sunlight can, for example, result in grass conserving its water supply; this, in turn, can lead to a waterlogged lawn in which lichens and algae are likely to thrive. In addition to having a negative impact on the lawn's appearance, the presence of these organisms can make the surface of the grass dangerously slippery.

The waterlogged soil could also affect nearby plants. This is because saturation prevents air from flowing in between the soil particles. This lack of air causes the roots of plants to rot away; as plants are reliant on their roots to deliver nutrients to their leaves and stems, this will eventually lead to them dying.

In this type of scenario, it is generally best for the property owner to hire a residential tree service company to either cut down or prune the tree in question.

The tree seems to be unstable

If a tree is regularly exposed to stormy weather conditions or if it develops a disease, it can become unstable. In such cases, it is possible that it could eventually collapse and cause major damage to the property it is located on. If it falls onto the roof of a house, it could also put those inside at risk of serious injury. This is why, if a tree appears to have stability problems, the homeowner should consider having it removed.

Whilst it's not always easy to spot the warning signs of structural problems in a tree, there are certain 'symptoms' that homeowners can look out for. Things such as roots rising out of the soil or a trunk that started to lean to one side could mean that a tree has become unstable. Likewise, signs of decay (such as the presence of fungi along the base of a tree, large cavities in the trunk or peeling bark) can also be indications of structural weakness.