TAMPA - "I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree." It would seem poet Joyce Kilmer never neglected a tree in his life. Too often though, homeowners take the trees in their landscaping for granted. “A well-maintained yard can add as much as fifteen percent to the value of your home and that includes taking good care of your trees," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List . "What people may not realize is that it can actually be dangerous to ignore your trees. It can cause property damage or someone can get hurt if a limb falls from a dead tree.”
Trees add beauty to the landscaping of any home. However, poorly maintained trees or trees damaged by storms, can die before their time, create personal safety hazards for your family and even cause property damage to your home.
Angie’s List asked highly rated tree care companies about how to know it’s time to remove a tree and the methods involved. “Obviously die back in the trees, you’ll see the trees loose leaves things of that nature," said certified arborist Stephen Courchaine. "Dead branches, decayed trunks those are things homeowners can look for that can lead them to believe that the tree needs to be removed.” Courchaine said trees die for any number of reasons. “Insect infestation, disease attacks; both of those can cause trees to die. Construction damage... and when I say construction damage I mean things like grade changes where you’ve changed the grade of soil, altered root system that can cause a tree to die, decay in trunks and things of that nature.” Each year, thousands of trees in the U.S. are also damaged by storms, wind, lightning and ice, causing millions of dollars in property damage.
If it's time to remove a tree from your property, the best methods are those used by trained arborists. Hicks adds, “While removing a tree might seem like a very simple job it’s important to hire the right professional to take care of it. You want to make sure that it’s taken out of your yard properly so you don’t cause any damage and you want to make sure the workers that are doing it are safe as well so they know exactly how to tackle a project because if the tree is already dead they potentially can’t climb the tree to remove limbs also you want to make sure they have the proper insurance because the last thing you want is someone getting hurt on your property or when those limbs are dropped it causes any damage to your property.”
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