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Some Reasons Why It May Be Better to Have a Tree Removed Than Just Trimmed

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Removing a tree from your property can be a difficult decision as trees can enhance the view of your property, provide privacy, and make a property seem more relaxing. They can also guard against soil erosion since the roots hold moisture in place. However, there are times when it's better to have a tree removed altogether rather than just simply trimmed:

1. When the roots are threatening the property

Roots can wrap around plumbing pipes or nestle up against a home's foundation and cause the materials to crack and suffer leaks and other damage. It can be difficult to control the direction of root growth for any tree and trimming the roots can damage the tree; note that the roots may also then simply grow back over time. Rather than risk this damage to your property, you might consider simply removing the tree altogether.

2. The tree is not native

If the tree is not native to your area, it may not ever actually thrive and may eventually wither and die. Trees may seem all alike to you, but if someone planted a nonnative tree on your property, it may struggle to get through each harsh winter or summer. This may be one reason why you need to consistently prune dead branches from the tree, as the soil, sunlight, and other such conditions are not good for its healthy growth.

3. If your homeowner's insurance has noted that the tree should be removed

If a tree on your property has branches that fall onto a neighbor's garage or car, you may be liable for the damages. Your homeowner's insurance may not cover these costs if it's been recommended that you remove the tree altogether. To save this expense and to save your insurance policy or reduce your premiums, consider removing the tree altogether.

4. If you're going to make major changes to your property

You might actually damage the tree roots by excavating for a new pool or garage, or by grading your home's property to protect against floods. A retainer wall you add might cut off needed moisture for your tree. In these cases, you might see the tree slowly die over the years because it cannot thrive. In the meantime, you might also see branches that decay and fall off and potentially cause damage, and which might be costly to trim as needed. It can be better to simply have the tree removed altogether rather than go through this process.

For more information, talk to a professional like Heritage Tree Care.