Most people who look at trees or walk past them only have a surface level impression of these huge organisms. They often forget that trees are alive and do not last forever. It’s easy to see a big tree on a property or in a park and think that with over 60,000 different tree species, trees can take care of themselves.
But in the world, we live in, especially with human intervention in the environment, this isn’t always the case. Trees are superbly adapted to deal with climate change on a geological scale, but not so much in a human timeframe. And when we live alongside trees, sometimes they can even present legal dangers to us without proper care. That’s where professional tree care comes in, and here are three reasons it’s essential.
If you have a tree on your property, you may be held accountable for a legal condition known as “premises liability.” This means that if you are aware of possible risk or threat on your property, ignore that risk, and someone is injured as a result, you are legally and financially responsible for that injury.
With trees, this can mean falling branches. For example, if you see a rotting branch on a tree on your front lawn, you know it could fall soon, possibly injuring someone passing under it if the timing is bad. Should this worst-case scenario happen, admitting that you knew it was a possibility but did nothing hoping it wouldn’t happen is a clear case of premises liability.
Trees don’t need to be looked at by professionals only when you notice rotting branches that need to be removed. In some cases, tree trimming is a good way for you to protect one of your biggest investments, your own home. If you have a large tree on your property, it’s not unusual for the branches to hang over the roof of your home.
However, branches over your roof can mean trouble. If they are already making physical contact with the roof, this means that even the slightest breeze can cause the branches to brush across shingles. Over enough time, this can loosen shingles. Stronger weather such as storms can do even more damage, causing you to incur repair costs sooner than you’d need.
Finally, having professional trim a tree can also help the tree to grow in the direction you want. Professionals can carefully evaluate the tree and the property, and through careful trimming and pruning, encourage the tree’s branches to expand in specific, desired directions.
This can either be strictly for ornamental purposes if you have a particular look in mind for your vegetation, or it can be done for maintenance reasons. A tree that is properly trimmed can have the direction of its branch growth altered. This can, in future years, keep the branches from spreading to the point where they make contact with the roof of a residence or commercial building, for example.
If you want to maintain healthy, attractive trees, but don’t want them to interfere with your property, we can help. Contact Tree Removal Services, and we can assess your tree situation and tell you what the best course of action is.