Warm temperatures and spring sunshine draw people out into their yards, and often trigger landscaping plans. Did you know that your deck or patio project, fence installation or swimming pool dreams might result in the need for hazardous tree removal? Assessing the condition of your trees and understanding how they will be affected by landscaping helps to eliminate surprises and reduce overall project costs.
Dangers of Landscaping
Healthy roots provide a solid base for your trees. As long as the soil remains balanced with nutrients and adequate drainage, roots spread and continue to support the weight of the tree trunk and branches. Excavating may change soil composition and upset the ecosystem that exists beneath your turf.
This is especially risky when excavating near or around established trees. Before sinking shovels into the dirt sketch out the location of nearby roots and decide whether or not the excavation plans will negatively affect those roots. Root repair requires enormous energy from the tree and can leave your trees vulnerable to all sorts of problems and disease.
Severely diseased trees require hazardous tree removal. Trees with damaged root systems are also more susceptible to storm damage and other major problems that result in the need for hazardous tree removal.
Staying Away From Roots
It can be difficult to predict how far tree roots have spread and how deep they have grown. According to tree services experts, many species grow roots well beyond the canopy or drip line. The bulk of roots grow within 12 inches of the surface, sometimes more than half of the overall root system. Excavation can seriously damage these vital parts of your tree, resulting in disease, poor growth patterns and ultimately, in hazardous tree removal.
Changing the grade on your property may also negatively affect tree health. Be sure that any grading changes will not create erosion near tree root systems. Regrading may alter soil composition, which often results in slower growth and poor tree health.
Speak to your local tree services expert about how your landscaping plans could affect the vegetation. Avoid adding hazardous tree removal to your list of tasks to do.