Despite their reputation for being the oldest living organisms on the planet, trees do have a lifespan, one which can unfortunately be cut short when exposed to negative elements.

When It’s Time to Cut the Trunk

The benefits of having a tree on your property are immense, ranging from enhanced privacy to improved energy efficiency in the summer. In the scorching heat of a Georgian summer, nothing is better than the cool shade granted by a massive oak tree unless said tree is posing a threat to your roof!

To prevent unnecessary damage or to avoid a bad situation altogether, the first thing you should do is have a professional Atlanta tree removal contractor come take a look. It is not always easy to tell at first glance whether a tree needs to be serviced or uprooted, especially to the untrained eye.

Among other things, a specialist will take various samples to test the specimen’s age and will perform a detailed inspection for any mold, fungus and bug infections that may be present. Wood rot is an evasive issue that requires more than a mere look-over to detect.

Since it is fairly easy to identify end-of-life branches, you may choose to do this step on your own. Get to a safe area where you have an unobstructed view of the entire tree. Check to see if the tree is leaning abnormally to one side. If the angle seems to have increased greatly in a short span of time, this typically means the branch is getting close to snapping, or worse, that the tree itself is in jeopardy of falling over.

The root system is the next crucial area as this is what is responsible for supporting the tree. Exposed roots are not necessarily bad, but damaged or decaying ones are, as are any noticeable gaps between the ground and the trunk.

Inspect the base for any major cavities or crevices. If you are unsure if the tree is structurally sound, get in touch with a local arborist or Atlanta tree service ASAP.