A few considerations for you to have before removing trees from your property. There’s a big difference between getting a professional cutting service for the 6-year old, ever-widening Japanese Maple in your front yard and removing an infested 100-year-old ash tree that’s now threatening two fences and your detached garage. This post shares reasons why you may opt for tree removal, how to identify potential hazards to your home or building and why you’ll want a professional assessment.
Identifying the need for removal
Perhaps your tree has:
- Gotten infested with pests
- Become a danger to your home, property or public right of way
You may be updating your landscaping and prefer the option to remove a tree.
These are the major reasons we see from our customers when they are asking about tree removal.
More specifics about “a tree becoming a danger”
First of all, your trees aren’t out to get you. They are simply growing, and hopefully, healthy.
So, what can happen?
Several things. Here are a few:
- Storms and high winds
We have plenty of these in Washington. And it seems that this Fall is starting out fairly gusty. Wind, rain, snow and ice can bring branches down overnight. We’re sure you’ve seen this in your neighborhoods. The weight of the rain, snow and ice combined with the force of the winds can snap and split sizeable limbs.
So, if the tree is sick, brittle or decaying, it’s more susceptible to storm damage as well.
- Roots growing too close to the house
Maybe you have a huge gorgeous, healthy looking tree in your front yard. It’s been there for decades, long before you moved in. It was planted close to the house… maybe a little too close.
Depending on the tree, the general size of the root circle and how your house systems, like plumbing and sewer lines, are laid in, there may be a problem.
Tree roots can cause damage to foundations and plumbing, so it’s important to know a little bit about the trees you have growing close to the house.
- Heavy branches split and crack
Maybe you have a massive tree in the backyard. And some of the branches are beginning to “droop” under their own weight.
Now, some trees actually have a lot of bend to them (eg willow and there are others), but others are more brittle than flexible. It’s good to know which ones are growing on your lot.
Take a look at which limbs are growing over your fences, garage, shed, chicken coop, etc.
Maybe grab your binoculars for a closer look.
- Proximity to the house or building
Some trees grow to a certain size and then need to be removed.
We’ve worked on several of these types of projects, including the story below, for a customer out of Issaquah. Nothing happened, per se, other than the tree got bigger and based on what could happen to the house, it needed to be taken out.
“We had a huge cottonwood in our backyard, on a very difficult slope. It needed to be removed due to it’s proximity to our house. Matt’s worked with the city to have the tree declared a hazard, saving me the time and hassle of dealing with our city government.They showed up to remove the tree exactly on time (no waiting in the morning), and were extremely careful throughout the process!” –Ussabin A in Issaquah:
Don’t get out the chainsaw just yet
Ussabin’s story above mentions another critical element to keep you in good standing with the neighborhood, as well as the city & government. And out of fines. Permitting and declarations. Each and every place that we service, from Fall City to the Fremont District in Seattle, has a different set of laws and regulations about the trees in that location.
It can be confusing, frustrating and time consuming to just try to understand the regulations in your area. But you don’t want to make a cut without knowing what’s required.
Consider this option: the best use of your time, as a busy home or business owner, is to call a professional tree cutting & removal service to walk through your property and identify potential problem limbs, branches and trees.
Have your tree expert help you to prioritize the needs of your trees before you really have to call them for an emergency removal or limbing. You’ll be glad you did.
We’d love to be your tree expert.
Email to Request a Quote and we’ll walk through your space together and share our professional assessment on how to best best preserve your property investment.