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Are you a nature lover that hates the idea of cutting down trees? I also feel upset when I see deforestation. But I had to ignore this instinct when I started tending my own garden. As a homeowner, I was unaware of some of the responsibilities that came with the title. And it almost cost me my home.

In our garden, it was a fungus that got the better of our favorite shade giver. When I called in an expert he saw the tree was rotten and on the point of falling over.

And there are many reasons tree removal is a necessity. Will you heed these warnings before it’s too late?

A Dead Tree is Dangerous You won’t know it’s going to fall until you hear everything breaking. A dead tree’s roots no longer anchor it in the ground so even light wind can blow it over. And if the roots hold fast the brittle trunk and branches can easily keel over in a storm. 

Warning: If it’s already leaning it’s time to call the experts. You can’t see what’s going on inside the dead tree. Be proactive and remove this hazard from your garden.

A Dying Tree is a Hazard Too A dead tree is easy to identify, but how do you know if your tree is dying? This is why it’s important to partner with local tree felling experts. I know you don’t want your favorite tree to die, but sometimes it’s inevitable. A tree affected by the disease is not likely to recover.

And you’ll never know when its roots are unable to support it any longer. Do you want to remove the hazard or lie awake listening to the tree’s fall?

And here’s an important fact: Your diseased tree can affect your entire garden. Isn’t it better to sacrifice the one tree instead of all your plants?

A Damaged Tree May Not Survive We like to believe trees are indestructible. I always thought so. How else do they get to live hundreds of years?

But not all of them will have such a lifespan. Branches damaged in a storm or a trunk hit by a car can result in it dying. When 50% of the tree is damaged, death is almost inevitable. The damaged areas allow parasites and rodents to take over.

And don’t be fooled be exterior health. The trunk inside can wither away, making the tree weak. While this happens the bark on the outside can seem in order. Once again it only takes a strong wind to push over a compromised tree.

Can you risk this?

An Unwanted Species is a Liability As a homeowner I believe you have a responsibility towards all the plants in your garden. What if your favorite tree is an unwanted species? Will you have the courage and honor to remove it?

Why are these trees so hated? Because they’re not good for the environment.

Invasive trees quickly destroy the flora around them. And other types affect the surrounding area:

  • Their roots damage foundations
  • The debris they produce—such as leaves or branches—covers the garden, preventing small plants from getting sunlight.

Will you cling to the tree you love or benefit the bigger picture?

Does Further Growth Present Problems?

No, you can’t predict the future. But you can prevent possible problems. And it’s easy to identify them:

  • Trees planted close to your home can ruin your foundation with their roots.
  • A tree known to grow tall can’t be underneath a power line. Eventually, it will need trimming and near live wires, it’s a dangerous task.
  • If the tree on your pavement gets bigger, will it obstruct the view of drivers?

Being honest with yourself now can prevent any future accidents.

[Conclusion] Some people call me a fanatic. I know prompt San Diego tree removal has many benefits. I give advice to any homeowner when I see a tree creates a risk in their garden. Occasionally homeowners chase me away. But it’s a small price to pay for the lives and property that have been saved. I hope you’re one of those that heed this warning.

Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.