Tree Care: An Introductory Guide
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Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Palm trees are one of the most decorative and unique trees that you'll find in the warmer, more tropical climates. When properly cared for, these trees can be beautiful and full of foliage. However, knowing how to care for them isn't always easy. That's probably why you're here. If it is, then you're in the right place. This site is dedicated to the care and maintenance of all sorts of trees, including tropical varieties like palm trees. The information on this page can help you to understand which of the basic care steps you can do yourself and which steps are best done by a local tree service.

Tree Care: An Introductory Guide

Five Reasons To Remove A Healthy Tree

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When most people think of tree removal, they are thinking of removing dead, dying, or damaged trees. Sometimes it is necessary to remove a healthy tree, though. Knowing when healthy trees should be removed can help you avoid problems in your landscape.

1. House Damage

It doesn't matter how healthy a tree is if it is a danger to your home. Trees that are growing too close the foundation, for example, can lead to foundation damages that are expensive to fix. The tree can also drop branches on the roof, or the branches may scrape and damage siding and windows during high storms. It's much better to remove the tree before damages occur rather than wait.

2. Landscape Damage

Some trees can be quite damaging to the landscape. Trees that have large surface root systems can lift up paving or create bumps in the lawn, neither of which are issues that most homeowners want to deal with. Trees that are water hogs may require additional irrigation or they may out compete against the lawn and any garden beds growing nearby. Removal and replacement with a more suitable tree can help.

3. Crowding

Too many trees growing closely together reduces the health of all the trees. Crowding prevents access to a proper amount of water, soil nutrients, sunlight, and air circulation. This will result in fewer lush and healthy trees along with an increased chance for tree disease or pest infestations. Thinning out a few of the trees will provide more room so that the remaining trees will grow much more healthy and attractive.

4. Fruit Drop

A messy tree can be a real pain to deal with. Trees that drop a lot of fruit require more frequent yard cleanup to manage the mess. Leaving the fruits on the ground is both unattractive and it can attract pests. Some fruiting trees, like Ginkgo biloba, also produce a horrible stench. Removing the tree and replacing it with another tree, perhaps a male version that doesn't fruit, can mitigate this problem.

5. Non-Native

Non-native species can cause a myriad of problems. Some are invasive and shouldn't be planted at all. Others aren't well suited to the climate, so they may require more frequent irrigation or be more prone to disease. It's a good idea to remove the tree and replace it with a native tree that is more likely to thrive in your area.

For more information on when it's appropriate to remove a healthy tree, contact a tree removal service.