Is it Time to Take Down the Tree?

Autumn is a great time to get things done around the house. You’ve likely started making preparations for winter, trimming back some plants or other tasks that are perfectly suited for a brisk fall day. There could be one task that you are overlooking, cutting down that tree you’ve been worried about for ages.

It may seem like a strange project to take on during fall but there are a few reasons that now is the perfect time to do it. If you’re on the fence, here are a few things to consider whether the tree needs to come down and if so, how to bring it down safely.

Why Autumn?

Though bringing down a tree can be done any time of year, there are a few reasons why fall may be best for you. Cutting down a tree this time of year can prevent regrowth as sap will rise during the day and can freeze during the cold overnight and it kills the stump and roots. Even if it’s not cold enough to freeze, the fall cutting will weaken roots and remaining stump and greatly decrease the likelihood of regrowth.

The most important reason is that if you are cutting down a tree, it most likely has significant damage or disease. This can become a hazard eventually if it isn’t already. These trees are most likely to fall or split during the winter as water penetrates the damaged sections and freezes. Cutting down the tree in the fall prevents this from happening giving you control over when and how the tree falls instead of leaving it up to chance and mother nature.

Inspecting Your Tree

When trying to decide whether a tree needs to be cut down or not, here are a few things to look for. Significant damage to the tree is a big one and one of the most obvious. This can be storm damage, lightning strikes or other damage that should be obvious from the outside of the tree. Splits, cracks or holes in the trunk revealing at least part of it being hollow make this sort of damage obvious. At the least, you should remove the damaged or dead limbs before winter and if significant enough, the whole tree should come down.

There’s more than just physical damage that can indicate a tree should come down. Signs of disease such as a large collection of dead leaves, discoloration on the trunk, and smells or visual clues of rot can also mean it’s time to cut down the tree. Mushrooms or other signs of fungus can mean the tree has a significant fungal infection, especially if the mushrooms are growing on the trunk or out of exposed roots. Infestations by pests or insects can also indicate a problem as these can eventually kill the tree and make it much more likely to fall. All of these problems can result in a weakened or internally damaged tree that could come crashing down under the weight of winter snow and ice.

Bringing it down

Cutting a tree down safely requires you to control the way it falls, ensuring it avoids buildings, property features and of course people. While it’s possible to do this yourself, there are companies that specialize in controlled cuts, that bring the tree down safely and help dispose of it afterward. We would love to connect you to a contractor that can help you bring down those scary trees. Give us a call for all of your real estate needs.

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