Cutting Trees Down-Knowing When The Time is Right


Tree Service Professionals in the Vancouver area share some helpful information about tree trimming services

Are The Trees Ill?

Homeowners aren’t always aware that they have a problem with their trees. Knowing when the right time to cut them down can help prevent the spread of illness through all of the trees on the property. Professional tree trimmers can help resolve this issue. 

It’s not always easy to determine whether or not a tree is ill. There may not be any immediate signs. However, if it’s not treated in a timely manner, it could lead to the sickness and death of other trees and shrubs on the property. 

Common Signs of Trouble

Dead trees are an eyesore, so when homeowners see that they are sick, it’s time to cut them down. They may not always have the means to do it on their own, so this is when they should contact a professional tree trimming company. They will provide the best tree care that a homeowner could get. 

So how can you tell whether or not a tree is sick? Here are some common signs and symptoms: 

  • Dead branches
  • Weak V-shaped branch unions
  • Thick and dense canopies that break easily
  • Deformed leaves
  • Dead sections of bark on limbs or branches
  • Branches and limbs that lean
  • Fungus growth

Is There Fungus Growing?

Fungus growth in garden soil, woodpiles, and healthy landscapes are perfectly normal, but when homeowners see them growing on their tree trunks, this is a sign of an ill tree. Mushroom conks are a clear sign that a tree needs to be removed. This means there’s rot somewhere within the tree if they’re growing on the trunk. If they’re growing on the root flare or on the surface of the roots, this means there’s root rot. 

There is actually more than one type of fungus that can be found on a tree such as: 

  • Lichens
  • Powdery mildew
  • Polyporus alveolaris
  • Ganoderma applanatum
  • Ganoderma Lucidum
  • Armillaria
  • Laetiporus Sulphurous

When the tree fungus begins to spread, it can affect the trees around it. It is spread through spores that are released by wind, rain, and splashing water. 

The tree fungus can be treated by simply preventing the fungal infection. Once they are infected, there’s nothing else to do but have an arborist chop the tree down. 

How About Invasive Roots?

Invasive roots are another issue that can create problems for homeowners. They are a common problem in both residential and commercial settings. These roots can make their way into streets, sidewalks, and even septic lines. They cause a variety of hazards and the only way to resolve the issue is to call a tree service company that specializes in tree removal, tree trimming, and tree health care. 

Why do they need to be cut down though? Well, the answer is simple. Exposed roots make it harder for homeowners to cut the grass around the tree and they pose a walking hazard, especially to children and the elderly. If homeowners are unsure whether or not it’s a hazard, they can contact the professionals to do a tree risk assessment. 

Overplanting & Tight Spaces

Some people may believe that there’s no such thing as too many plants. However, this is actually an issue for trees. When planting a tree, it’s important that it has room to grow and spread its roots. If trees are planted too close together, they may not receive the proper nutrients and can die. 

Air circulation is a crucial part of tree care. If the tree doesn’t have enough air circulation, it can lead to an increase in fungal diseases, which can cause tree and root rot. This will lead to cutting down a tree or multiple trees. 

Other Reasons For Illness

Storm damage is a very common reason why a tree would die. When strong winds come through, it breaks limbs and uproots trees. Additionally, extreme temperature fluctuation can cause illness in trees. 

If a tree is ill from damage to it, these are the signs to look out for: 

  • Dead leaves
  • Black leaves
  • Branch damage
  • Salt damage
  • Cracks from frost
  • Disease
  • Insect invasion

About VI Tree Service

VI Tree Service is a professional tree company based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are a smaller company that has been quickly growing. They have over 50 years of experience, give free estimates, have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, 24-hour storm and emergency response, and affordable pricing.