Tree care is more than you think

Jeff Meagher teaches you about quality care for your trees

Why are you cutting down that tree?

As an arborist working in an urban environment, this is a questio0n that I have become very accustomed to answering.  People love trees, and are never very happy to see them cut down.  I understand this; trees provide a lot of benefits such as shade and beauty, however, they can also cause a lot of problems and even become very hazardous.

I believe that tree removal should be the last resort, but in many circumstances it is a necessary part of urban forestry.  Trees can damage property, they can out-grow the spot they were planted in, and like people trees eventually will come to the end of their life and when they do they often become hazardous.  When all other options have been pursued with no success, it is time for a tree to be removed.

During a tree removal I often experience people who are very unhappy that the tree is being removed.  However, usually once I take the time to talk with someone who is unhappy about the removal, they realize that there was a good reason to cut the tree down.  In this area there are typically only two reason that we remove a tree: the tree is dead, or it was planted in the wrong place for that tree.Both of these reasons are easily avoidable with a little awareness and the proper care.

So the next time you are thinking about where you are going to plant a tree, or if you are concerned about the health of you tree contact a certified arborist sooner rather than later.  The sooner you address your tree problem, whether that is a sick tree that needs help, or a tree that needs to be pruned for whatever reason it may need it, the sooner you take care of it the better, and a certified arborist in your area is your best resource to take care of those problems as soon as possible.


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