Having beautiful big trees in your garden is both a privilege and a responsibility. Large old trees can provide shade for your home, increase the value of your property and enhance your landscaping but they can also be a potential hazard. Extreme weather conditions, violent storms, and strong winds can blow trees over or send branches crashing through windows and onto roofs or cars, and somebody has to take responsibility for those damages. And these damages can oftentimes cost far more than having tree removal completed.
From a young age, we learn all about the seasons. We learn that come Fall, the brilliant green leaves on trees will change colour, wilt, and fall to the ground. In winter the trees are bare, protecting themselves from the elements, before blossoming in an extravagant show of health every spring. But what happens when your tree doesn’t act normally in springtime? It doesn’t take an experienced gardener to notice that something’s wrong with a naked, lifeless tree while flowers blossom in the garden all around it. Read on to find out whether or not that tree on your property’s in serious trouble, and if removal is the only option you have left.
Any sort of work with trees presents its own risks. Tree removal, in particular, is no small task. Every year tree-removal-gone-wrong claims the lives of both professionals and civilians. A significant percentage of tree removal service is urban, and this only complicates the work. It’s not quite as simple as hacking away at the base of a tree – knowledge of tree physics and tree biology is a must. Arborists are professionally qualified and have knowledge of advanced cutting techniques and harnessing methods. Thinking about trying it yourself? You may want to think again.
A beautifully landscaped garden with rolling lawns and magnificent trees is a dream for many home buyers! After all, who doesn’t love a nice piece of land full of mature trees? But beware – trees can also be a liability and big trees can lead to big bills! Large trees that are growing too close to your house can be a costly hazardous. Before you buy a home because you have fallen in love with the mature trees and well-established garden, hire a qualified arborist to visit the property with you to assess the trees and give you some advice about whether you will need tree removal completed in the near future. Or you might find those magnificent mature trees close to your new home quickly go from strong selling point to bitter disappointment.
Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts often wonder what purpose is served by leaving dead trees in the forests or local parks, instead of tree removal. Surely it is okay to give nature a helping hand and remove rotting logs and trees from hiking trails and picnic areas. But conservationists are loath to do so because, while they may not be the most attractive features of the forest, dead trees and logs are essential to the health and ultimate survival of our forests and natural ecosystems.
You have your trees in your garden and your neighbour has their trees in their garden, but what about the trees that grow on your boundary, who do they belong to? Trees with trunks that grow across the property line are known as boundary trees and these are considered common or co-owned property. And if an issue arises and tree removal is necessary, who is responsible?
Gardeners love trees! They look beautiful and provide wonderful shade to sit and relax under during the long, hot summer months. Most homeowners don’t remove trees unnecessarily, but some trees are either in the wrong place or are reaching the end of their days, and you need to decide what to do with them. But before you just start hacking away at that problem tree in your yard, you need to find out if you are actually allowed to remove it. In many municipalities there are strict bylaws governing tree removal, and even if a tree is on your property that does not automatically give you the right to do with it as you please. Whenever you remove trees, it is important to always adhere to municipal bylaws or you could be liable for a fine or even prosecution.
We all love the trees in our garden. They shade our houses in summer and provide homes for a myriad of small animals and birds. But trees can also pose a risk to your property. Most homeowners worry about trees falling on their houses during violent storms, or dead branches snapping off and being blown around in strong winds. But what about the threats you don’t see? Are you aware of the dangers that are lurking underground?
When you have invested time and effort on your Guelph garden and watched your trees grow and flourish year after year, you don’t want to see them destroyed by harsh winter weather. Especially if you know there are steps you can take to keep them safe.
It may be the most beautiful tree in your garden, or perhaps it shades your house in those hot Guelph summers? It could be home to a family of squirrels or the site of your grown children’s long unused treehouse. One thing for sure though is, hanging onto that old tree for the sake of sentiment isn’t the right thing to do. Whatever the reason you might be loath to remove it, there sadly comes a time when all old trees have to be removed.