Reasons To Consider Moving Or Removing A Tree

Do you have a tree on your property in a location that concerns you? If so, you may need to consider either removing the tree entirely or having it relocated to a better location in your yard. The following can help you determine whether or not the tree should be removed from its current location.

Foundation Concerns

The main reason most people end up removing or moving a tree is due to concerns about the roots. Tree roots can put pressure on foundations, leading to cracks and damage. Roots can also lift paving and ruin driveways and sidewalks. Another often overlooked root concern is when a tree is planted near a sewer line or near a septic drain field. The roots can clog the line or cause the drain field to fail.

You can sometimes estimate the expected mature size of the root system for a tree by looking at the expected canopy spread for the species. Root systems often grow to just as large as the canopy, so a tree with an expected canopy spread of 15 feet will likely have a root spread of similar size. If that radius puts a building, paved area, or sewer line in the root zone, it's better to move the tree while it is still young.

Canopy Reach

How far the branches reach at maturity poses another concern when it comes to tree placement. Tree branches that scrape against the roof or siding of a house can cause extensive damage over time. In a windstorm, broken windows from blowing branches as well as roof damage from falling branches can cause major damage to the house and risks to those inside.

Power lines are also an issue to consider when it comes to the canopy. If a tree that is expected to reach a large size is planted too closely to power lines, you will have a real electrocution and fire risk on your property. It's better to move the tree now rather than deal with repeated trimming to keep the branches out of the lines.

Fruit or Flower Messes

Some tree species are just messy. Mulberries, for example, are famous for the mess the dropping of their small fruits causes on sidewalks, cars, and patios below. If you have a tree that is expected to produce a lot of fruit, leaf, or needle drop, you may not want it located in an area that is difficult to clean up.

Moving these trees so that the bulk of the drop occurs over a lawn or mulched area means you won't have to deal with staining. Plus, it's much easier to use a lawn mower to mulch dropped leaves or to rake a lawn than it is to sweep up dropped leaves or scrub fruit stains from paved areas.

For more help, contact a tree care company in your area.