Not always obvious to the untrained eye but trees do show signs of decline that are usually readily identified by the tree care professional. When a tree becomes infected or is beginning to decline it will often have amounts of dead wood within the canopy. If left this material can become a serious hazard to people and property. During winds debris will become dislodged and fall to the ground, often causing great damage.
Once a problem has been discovered, and if there is no alternative method of care, then a full assessment will determine the correct course of action for the tree’s felling and removal. In the ideal world problem trees should be dealt with at the earliest stages of decline because this will aid the safety of the climber and other tree surgery operatives. Dead trees pose far more hazards that live ones and may dictate the use of a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP or Cherry Picker) because the tree is far too unsafe to climb.
Development of a site:
When an urban site is to be developed there may be trees that will ultimately effect the planning proposals and have therefore been approved for felling and removal. A selected number of trees and shrubs may need to be removed prior to commencement of the construction of new foundations, fence lines and new buildings.
Local Authorities have strict guidelines that must be followed in situations like this and often developments will be designed to accommodate existing mature and healthy trees. Planning permission may also specify the pruning of existing trees, and often includes the nice part, which is the re-planting of the developed site with new trees.
Damage to structures and property:
Often people with little knowledge, or poorly advised by garden centres, will plant unsuitable species of trees too close to buildings. To begin with problems may not be apparent but over the years as a tree grows it can cause huge damage to a building’s structural foundations, drainage, garden walls, or neighbouring properties.
In these situations felling and removal of the tree is usually the only solution available, though sometimes it may be possible to avoid this by employment of a specialised pruning regime.
Our least preferred reason but as a professional tree care company and as part of our tree surgeon services we will remove trees at the client’s request, even if there is not an underpinning professional or environmental reason to do so. Obviously if a tree has a preservation order on it, or is in a conservation area then we will not act without the proper authority to do so.Wherever possible we will try to offer other options that may satisfy the client’s requirements, though sometimes they may not wish to consider other more ethical options that may save a tree from felling and removal.