Removing large established trees: Hard decision, but sometimes the right one.
May 28, 2013
As our name states, our constant goal is to protect and preserve the health of your trees so they can be enjoyed to their fullest. However, trees are living things and nothing is permanent. Sometimes we have to make the tough decision to take down a tree that might seem "normal" or healthy looking to the untrained eye. Perhaps the tree is of historical significance, as was the case with this 100 Year Old Red Oak on Swiss Avenue we had to remove this spring. Often, these removals of large trees draw negative attention from neighbors and the press, leaving the homeowner under undeserved scrutiny. We had just this situation recently with an established live oak.
The live oak in the photo is beautiful and by all appearances may seem healthy. However, we had to remove this beautiful established live oak due its hazardous condition, which may not be obvious right away.
Harold Spiegel, owner of Preservation Tree says, "For the past 30 years, I have had the pleasure of being a "tree hugger" in Dallas. In this time frame,"I", then we at Preservation Tree Service, have developed true long standing friendships with people and their trees. With most, the trees have long surpassed the customer / homeowner and passed into the hands of another respectful care-giver. Yesterday was different. The homeowners and care givers of 30+ years and I made the right decision. The tree, a beautiful live oak with infinite character and presence had to be removed."
From another angle, you can see that this tree has a very pronounced lean, leaving much of the canopy hanging over the front sidewalk. This sidewalk is frequented by neighbors and their children. Upon further inspection by our certified arborists, we discovered a major broken brace root, which had contributed to the instability of the tree and the subsequent lean.
Here, you can see the major brace root broken at the base of trunk; it also allowed decay to set in at the base of the tree. Why would such a thing happen? There were several environmental circumstances that contributed to this tree's hazardous condition. The downward slope of the property meant a lot of water migrated to that point in the landscape; that combined with the heavy and heavying urban soil and gravity the tree began to lean and the brace root could not withstand the pressure. Now that this tree's major brace root is broken, there is a constant threat of the tree falling onto the sidewalk; or even worse, children on the sidewalk. The owners and PTS felt they could no longer take that risk by leaving the tree in place.
If you have an established tree you feel may be in a hazardous condition, please don't hesitate to call us at 214.528.2266 or 817.581.4502. You can also CONTACT US online. Our certified arborists will provide a complementary consultation to determine the health status of your trees and then help you make the right decision about either preserving or removing the tree.