Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner. Did you notice a few trees not doing well this summer, or did summer storms cause damage? Fall is the best time to schedule tree removals before winter storms damage them further. Removing trees may be necessary to the conservation of tree species, poor tree location, nuisance debris, or new build construction can call for tree removal.
Conserving Tree Species with Tree Removal
In Illinois and other Midwestern states, the Emerald Ash Tree Borer is an invasive species found in 2006. The ash borer is a small green insect about the size of a penny. Their larvae live in the inner bark, the life-giving layer of the tree. The extensive damage they cause to this layer weakens the tree. Woodpeckers feed on the larvae, and extensive woodpecker damage is an indicator of an infestation. Infested trees must be removed to conserve ash trees and prevent the emerald ash tree borers' spread.
Conservation efforts also include removing trees to promote the growth of others. In heavily wooded areas, trees and plants compete for sunlight. Large trees shade smaller vegetation. In managed ecosystems, trees reaching the end of their life cycle or decaying from a disease will be removed. Tree removal prevents any further disease spread and protects young growth from being damaged from trees splitting and falling into the habitat.
Signs of Decay Indicating a Need for Tree Removal
Signs of tree damage or decay include large cracks or splits, leaning to one side, discolored leaves in peak season, branches that lack foliage, or easily break.
Seeing any form of decay is can be dangerous. Trees typically decay from the inside out. Seeing decay on the outside of the tree can indicate little integrity remains inside. They can give way at a moment's notice, crushing anything in their path.
Trees Growing to be a Nuisance
As trees grow, their roots spread, the branches grow longer, and the tree grows taller. Roots may grow into structures such as foundations or septic tanks. They can rise above the ground and upheave sidewalks, causing a tripping hazard. Growing branches reach over buildings and into utility lines. Buildings with gutter systems can experience clogs from leaves or debris of overreaching branches.
Some trees drop more than just their leaves. Black Walnut trees are native to Illinois. The trees drop fruits large enough to dent a vehicle. When the fruit decays, it causes quite the mess and can be toxic to some species, such as horses. Tree removal from fields or pastures is necessary for the safety of the animals.
Safe Tree Removal
Trees are a beauty of nature and, like nature, can be unpredictable when cut without proper caution. Hiring Peoria Tree Removal will ensure the safety of yourself, your property, and the surrounding landscapes. Protective gear, the right tools, and apparatus complete our jobs. Attempting tree removal with limited experience can result in injuries from falls, tools, or falling branches.
Our professionals have extensive knowledge of tree biology and physics. A ladder resting against the base of a branch being cut could have catastrophic results. Removing large sections of a branch reduces its weight. The area of the branch closest to the tree will rise as weight is cut away. The base could rise higher than the ladder, causing the ladder to fall. Our tree removal professionals understand these physics. They use a system of specific cuts to prevent limbs from breaking away in large sections; we know how to get the job done safely.
If you are located in Central Illinois, contact the professionals at Tree Services Peoria at 309-273-1100.