Tree removal is what most people think of when they think of arborist's or tree services. Bearded woodsman with giant two man crosscut saws, cutting down trees for lumber. While I'm sure that someone somewhere is still doing that, it is a far cry from the tree care services that our company, as well as others, provide. Tree removal is indeed one of the services that we provide, but it is one of many.
The decision to remove one or more of your trees should not be one taken lightly. It is important to consider the many benefits of leaving said tree or trees. They provide shade, which in turn cuts cooling costs in your home during the hot summer months. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, helping keep the air clean in our communities. Trees in certain areas act as a wind and sound block. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the presence of large trees and a decrease in crime. The list goes on and on. However, sometimes it is necessary to remove a tree. Putting on and addition, or building a garage? Construction can dramatically affect trees, warranting their removal even if they are not directly in the way. Sometimes trees need to be removed for safety concerns. It is important to have an arborist perform a risk assessment examination when there is a concern for the safety of either life or property. Removing these hazard trees is crucial to prevent a failure that could potentially cause harm and make people question the value of their trees. Another good reason for tree removal is to enhance the overall health of other trees on your property. Sometimes trees are planted too close together or volunteers have sprung up and created a lot of competition between trees. When many trees compete for sunlight they tend to grow too tall too fast. It is important to create room for trees to grow and develop structurally enough to support themselves.
So next time you find yourself cursing all of the leaves you have to rake up each fall, stop and think about what benefits that tree is providing you. Take your time with your decision making, the tree has certainly taken a lot of time to grow into the beautiful and beneficial thing that it is.