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dead tree removal
tree removal

As much as we want to keep trees, tree removal is a necessary part of forestry management and landscape management. In both cases this allows more space for the remaining trees to grow.

What are the reasons a tree might need removing?

  1. Storm damage
  2. Physical damage which can be from either animals or people
  3. Deep cracks within the trunk which is a major red flat for an unstable tree. These cracks can be caused by weak joins between branches or incomplete closure of wounds. These can be found in various places like stems, roots or branches.
  4. Broken bark that isn’t healing over.
  5. Close proximity to buildings or driveways
  6. Root damage.
  7. Branches growing from the base and failing crown at the top

Storm Damage

Regarding storm damage, I’ve covered some of this subject in an earlier article:

Physical Damage

Observations over the years has shown that physical damage is usually from squirrels. In the countryside this can include deer. Another cause is lorries or vans reversing into the tree. They break the bark which can potentially allow pathogens to infect the tree.

Physically damaged tree
Physically damaged tree

Deep cracks can occur and also allow outside infection to occur. This weakens the tree and can result in ultimate failure. If you see this developing, you will want to call a tree surgeon to assess the situation who can tell you the necessary steps to either helping restore your tree, or sort out a tree removal.

The root plate is vital to the health, integrity and stability of the tree. Sometimes buildings, extensions or driveways will have a detrimental effect on the tree.

Tiny holding wood
Tiny holding wood

If you have any doubts or have observed any of the above problems, please feel free to call me on 07794743952.

As with anything in life everything has a life span. The same applies to trees. A tree can and does become over mature, the crown fails and branches break off. what happens next in a open forest is remarkable. The tree can regenerate from the stump all over again. However, in suburban situations, the risks and hazards associated with this is not advisable.

Benefits of removal

The benefits of removal are as follows. It allows the existing trees to grow a normal crown. Often the tree in question is planted far too close to an existing tree and they compete for daylight water and nutrition.

For more information on trees in general, visit the arb association’s website:

Arboricultural Association – Benefits of Trees

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