If you’re like many home owners who are considering tree removal, you’re likely a little torn. Most of us love our trees and would much rather try to find a way to keep them than remove them. Sometimes, though, the only option is to cut down the tree. Over the years, here are the most common reasons homeowners have hired us for tree removal.
1. Dropping fruit or sap.
The fruit drops from the trees and rots. If it isn’t picked up, man does it STINK!
One homeowner we did work for had a Mulberry tree on either side of her walkway near her front door. When the red fruit fell, it stained her sidewalk and it was a daily chore to clean them up so friends and families didn’t have to walk through the odor of the rotting fruit to come in her home.
Another homeowner had us cut down her plum tree because it hung over her driveway and dropped fruit on the top of one of their cars. They had planted the tree when they first moved in their house, 25 years prior and planted it a little too close to the driveway – not considering how big it would get and, therefore, hang over the driveway.
Often times we are called to remove a tree that produces tree pollen that someone in the house is allergic to. This happens when someone purchases a home with a tree they haven’t been exposed to before or didn’t know they were allergic to, but more often when couples have children and as the children grow, they discover the kids are allergic to the tree pollen. There are Minnesota trees that often set off the allergies:
3. Dead or Dying Tree
Two of the worst diseases trees in the Twin Cities die from are Oak Wilt and Dutch Elm, but we also have some non-native insects that destroy our trees. Gypsy Moths, Eurasian Earthworms and Emerald Ash Borers are the top culprits when it comes to killing our trees. Sadly that’s when our team of tree removal team is called in to cut down the tree and grind the tree stump.
4. Shading the grass too much so the grass doesn’t grow
As much as we love our trees, there’s nothing more beautiful than a lush green lawn… which means green grass. Unfortunately the trees and the grass are fighting for the same water source AND if the trees have a dense canopy they are robbing the grass of its needed sunlight. Before you have our tree removal team out for this reason, let’s take a look at your trees and see if we can prune them enough to provide the needed sunlight for your grass. If not, then we can remove the tree for you.
5. Lifting foundation/driveway/sidewalk
Willow, Maple, Oak and Ash trees, commonly planted in Bloomington MN yards, all have very shallow root systems. If they are planted too close to sidewalks or driveways, homeowners run the risk of the root system growing under the sidewalk/driveway as the tree grows and the root system spreads. According to Iowa State University, “Roots may occupy an area four to seven times the surface area occupied by the crown of the tree.” Another way to determine how far away to plant a tree is to consider the diameter of the tree’s trunk at maturity. A common guideline used by arborists is one foot for every one inch of trunk diameter. As an example, a fully grown burr oak tree may have a trunk that is 24-36 inches in diameter so that means it would need to be 24-36 feet away from a driveway or sidewalk.
6. Overgrown/overcrowding landscape
Planting trees too closely together will, generally, result in one of the interior trees dying or being dwarfed by the other trees. Let’s try pruning the trees first to see if this allows sunshine to reach the middle tree(s) thereby solving the problem. Whatever you do, do not “top” the trees. If tree removal is necessary, we’ll take care of that for you.
7. Blocking a view
This is the saddest reason we think to remove a tree. But sometimes it is necessary for the safety of the homeowner. If a large tree provides cover to potential home burglars or if it prevents the homeowner from being able to see when someone is in their driveway or in front of their home, then it may be necessary to remove the tree.
There are certainly other reasons that homeowners have trees removed, but these are the most common reasons we have experienced over the past 30+ years. If you need a tree removed or pruned, give us a call for a competitive quote.