Trees are just as important as the perfectly placed flowers and the pristine green grass when it comes to your home’s landscaping design. A tree that is beginning to lose its life or has already, can be a substantial eye sore to your home and it’s important to know when you should get rid of it.
When most of us think about Dallas landscaping we don’t even think about the trees that surround our home. We focus on planting vibrant flowers and cutting the grass so perfectly that people walking by envy it. We rarely look up though. Whether we admit it or not, thinking about trees does not come second nature to us, most of us assume that they’ll be there forever, when in fact they won’t.
Trees do more than just stand tall and look pretty, they’re beneficial to your home. If they cast a shadow over your home then they help keep it cool during the hot Dallas summers. It’s important to take note of the condition of the trees in close proximity to your home in order to avoid a dangerous situation.
Every year we hear stories about falling trees crashing through a roof and injuring the occupants inside. Often time these trees were already weak because they were either dying naturally or from disease. Add a powerful Dallas storm to the mix and the tree becomes extremely fragile, eventually giving way.
A dying tree gives off many clues that it’s on its way out, some obvious and some that require a little “digging.”
If you notice that your once beautiful and strong tree is beginning to lose its color while slowly but surely beginning to lean to one side, then your best bet is to call a tree care service to get it taken down. Trees that lean and no longer produce the brightly colored leaves every spring have either contracted a disease or may not have received enough nutrients to survive the blistering heat. As mentioned in one of our previous blogs, trees have their limits when it comes to temperature. They reach their threshold and if not tended to they can experience what we call Heat Stress and die.
If you can’t notice its condition by looking at the actual tree itself then take a look at the soil surrounding the tree. If the soil covers the first 10-12 inches of the tree’s roots then it is preventing the tree from obtaining the proper nutrients it needs to survive. A tree absorbs water through its roots that start at its base and remain above the surface. Covering this part of the roots causes them to dry out and prevents them from sending the nutrients to the deep roots that help it stand.
If you notice weeds or mushrooms growing on your tree than that is a usual sign of decay. Also, look for sawdust, as carpenter bees and termites are common causes of trees dying sooner than expected. Another obvious sign is the lack of leaves. If your tree isn’t blooming like the others around it and the branches are dried out then it is time for it to be cut down.
While you may just need a quick tree trimming service to assist you, always remember to look at your trees when you’re outside doing yard work, and if you notice that your tree seems lifeless and poses a threat to your home, then contact Scapes, Inc. today and we’ll provide you with the best tree care services and landscaping Dallas has to offer!