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Emergency tree removal – what does it entail?

By November 11, 2021 No Comments
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Not sure if you require emergency tree removal services? Here are some signs to look out for.

What is emergency tree removal?

If a tree is sick, dying, or already dead, it could pose a hazard for you, your family, and anyone who comes near your property. Emergency tree removal by a qualified arborist removes associated risk quickly and efficiently.

However, it is important to know when to make the inevitable emergency call to get your tree removed.

What are the signs that you need emergency tree removal services?

1. Abnormal leaning due to weather or natural causes.

Any type of new lean – especially if it is over a pathway or structure – should be looked at by an arborist. A good rule of thumb is that any tree with a 15% lean from vertical requires emergency services. However, a qualified arborist is best placed to take this decision.

Weather is often a cause of leaning trees or loose limbs. If you’re a victim of foul weather, check your property. Remove loose limbs or trim branches that pose a threat. Removing the entire tree may not always be required.

2. Decaying or damaged roots

As the core structural support for a tree, it is important that the root system of your trees is healthy. If you see any signs of damage or rot, call in an arborist to inspect, as a weakened root system could easily cause a tree to fall in strong windy conditions.

Fungus, including mushrooms, growing at the base of a tree can be a sign of root disease or internal rot, making a tree weak at its core. An arborist is best placed to make a qualified assessment of your tree’s system and advise if removal or trimming is required.

3. Sick or dying tree is too close to power lines

Weather and growth of trees can reduce their distance from power lines, damaging them or your property. It is recommended to call in a qualified arborist to remove this danger – they are trained to prune and remove trees safely.

4. Large dead branches

Large dead branches need to be removed quickly. Strong wind could send them crashing into people or property. This situation becomes even more dangerous if all the dead branches are on one side, causing the whole tree to be imbalanced.

5. Hollow or damaged trunk 

Some other telltale signs of a tree needing removal are a hollow trunk or cracks and cavities in the trunk. Remember, a tree may look well on the outside, but could be damaged internally. It is best to get your trees’ health regularly assessed by a qualified arborist for issues that are not visible. Catching and treating tree decay early always lends to the best possible outcome and increases the possibility of a tree’s survival – prevention is better than a cure.

Who provides emergency tree removal services?

Talk to an expert

When you find yourself in the midst of an emergency tree situation or need an assessment on the health of the trees on your property, Treescape is always on hand.

If a tree is growing on public land and deemed dangerous, call your local council for removal.