Most people would tell you that having trees on their property is ideal. They provide beauty, an environment for our local wildlife to call home, and shade providing energy efficiency when they're placed near homes or buildings. If you've been following our blog, you also know that trees require maintenance and in some situations, emergency service. There are many reasons why one would find themselves in need of emergency tree service in Columbia, SC and here's a little hint, cats stuck in the tree aren't on the list! We get those calls a lot.
Weather Weather is the number one tree emergency and generates the most calls for a tree removal company like ours. When weather takes a bad turn, you will often see trees fall victim. No pun intended! They often fall too close for comfort and you may have had the unfortunate experience of removing one from your house or car.
Trees usually fall due to heavy rains, heavy winds, the combination of both, and even the occasional southern ice storm which we experienced a few years ago. Too much weather can also damage the ground around the trees causing erosion, which then leads to the tree leaning or falling. Even if it doesn't end up leaning or falling from the erosion, the erosion can cause disease leaving it weak or rotten. Would you feel comfortable seeing your tree lean toward your house? Not many people would. Leaning trees whether from weather or disease can be a hazard to people and property and should be taken down immediately by a professional tree removal service. If you experience high winds, heavy rains, lightning storms or anything that might affect your tree, take a walk around your property and double check to make sure nothing has been damaged. Even broken branches should be properly cut and removed so as not to invite disease.
Disease Another tree emergency, although it may not look like it at first, is a diseased tree. We already mentioned how a diseased tree can be a hazard. But why exactly? Just like all plants, trees can be affected by diseases and it's much more noticeable when they are, along with being very hazardous. When a diseased tree goes unnoticed, it can end up doing a ton of damage and often you will see the tree die completely. Some diseases cause the tree to become hollow, while other diseases can affect the root structure holding the tree in it's place. It's imperative that you contact an arborist when you see any signs of disease. Signs of disease are loss in it's leaves, discolored leaves, even branch loss, fungus on the tree. Many times if you see mushrooms on a tree, it's an indication that the tree is suffering somehow. Mushrooms sprout usually after the fungus has already established itself inside of the tree. If you can catch and treat diseases early enough, they can be saved. If the disease is too advanced, you may need to call in a tree removal company for emergency service. It may be that your tree needs to be removed completely but sometimes you can trim away the diseased areas and save the tree.
Here is a great article on what to look for on how to assess damage and act accordingly. Call us if you need a tree removal estimate, it's free! https://www.arborday.org/media/stormrecovery/for-homeowners.cfm