Is your tree peering over a busy street? Are any of its branches wobbling as soon as any amount of wind is present? Does the tree itself seem unstable? Those are questions that you probably could figure out for yourself when deciding if your tree either needs maintenance or to be removed. However, here are some questions that are a bit more difficult to assess and take more thorough examination. Is your tree growing diseases? Is it attracting damaging insects? Not all insects are damaging by the way, most are harmless, but we have experts to assess whether or not they are damaging to the tree. Does the tree have old wounds that have become infected/infested by insects/decay organisms? Is the tree simply growing too big and it's branches are at risk of falling? What the heck is too big anyways?! Trying to assess the hazard level of a tree can be difficult to do if you don't have expertise, because each situation and circumstance has a lot of variables. You may think to yourself that "it's probably not a big deal to get my tree inspected, I'm sure nothing bad is going to happen.". We're here to tell you, not having an assessment of the conditions and environment of the tree is simply an unnecessary risk that we would never recommend. When/how often should my tree be inspected? We would recommend an inspection at least every 3 years or if you notice something that concerns you. Be especially vigilant before and after extreme weather such as heavy thunderstorms, hurricanes etc.
Some Fun Facts About Trees
1. Trees are the world's longest-living species, never dying of old age. California is home to the world's oldest living trees. Some of the state's gigantic sequoias and bristlecone pines are 4,000-5,000 years old. The ancient Bristlecone Pine Methuselah, estimated to be 4,852 years old, is one of the world's oldest living trees.
2. Climate change can be predicted by tree rings. Dendrochronology is the study of a tree's rings to determine its age. A tree's rings, on the other hand, can show more than just its age; they can also reveal the occurrence of natural disasters like as volcanic eruptions or droughts. The ring is thick in years of good growth, which are marked by a plentiful supply of resources. When the ecosystem's resources are scarce, it's thin.
According to a study conducted by Somaru Ram of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, high potential evapotranspiration—the rate at which plants lose water via their leaves—has had a negative impact on tree development in Sikkim, India. Such research aids scientists in their understanding of the effects of climate change.
3. Trees can assist in stress reduction. According to research, being in the presence of trees is beneficial to our mental and social well-being. According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois and the University of Hong Kong, the denser the forest, the lower the tension, implying that strolling down a tree-lined boulevard could be helpful to your mental health. Nature experiences have also been shown to make us feel friendlier toward others, according to research. This is due to the emission of phytoncides, which are compounds. Breathing them in helps to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and raise pain threshold. 4. Trees help to mitigate climate change's consequences. Each year, a mature tree can absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide, absorbing and storing the carbon while releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. E
5. Landscapes with trees that are well-maintained add value to a home. According to several recent national surveys, mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can boost a home's value by seven to 19 percent. According to a study conducted by a Michigan State University professor, home value increased from 5% to 11% for properties with a good landscaping in seven different states. 6. Trees help to improve the quality of water. Rainfall is slowed and filtered by trees as it falls to the Earth, allowing it to seep into the soil. Trees then act as natural sponges, soaking up and filtering rainwater before slowly releasing it into streams and rivers. They also reduce stormwater runoff and flood damage by preventing soil erosion into our waterways. 7. A birdhouse hung from a tree branch will not move up the tree as it grows. This is due to the fact that trees grow from the top down. Meristems are patches formed by specialized cells at the terminals of tree shoots. These meristems are the places where a tree's limbs grow larger and taller. Because trees develop from their distal ends, a branch will always remain the same height as when it first emerged from the trunk as a little bud. However, just because tree branches do not increase with the growth of the tree does not indicate they will always be there; many trees shed their lowest branches as they expand.