Trees are an essential part of your home. Not only do they provide shade, but aesthetic benefits too. Most property owners would rather have trees on their property, if given a choice, than live without them.
Trees, however, can cause problems. While they are great to look at and provide a homely feel, they can overgrow, become old and unstable, and put property at risk after a storm. Knowing whether a tree is a threat to your livelihood isn’t always easy. Some trees may look unstable or be encroaching on your home, but it can be hard to tell if they are a threat or not, especially since they grow and change so slowly.
Let’s take a look at when an overgrowing tree in your garden becomes a problem.
The Tree Was Damaged In A Storm
The most common reason for a tree suddenly becoming a problem is following damage during a storm. Storms make trees dangerous in two ways. The first is that they can cause weak or brittle branches to break. Often branches will remain lodged in the tree awaiting the next storm, at which point they’ll crash onto your property or anyone who happens to be unfortunate enough to be standing below.
The second way storms damage trees is by buffetting them so much that become loose at the roots. The constant action of the wind loosens tree roots from the soil (particularly shallow roots), which can cause the entire thing to topple over.
Damaged trees require urgent attention from a tree surgeon. If you notice the tree is at an unusual angle or that there are sizeable branches in odd positions, then the safest thing to do is call in the professionals.
The Tree Is Damaging The Foundations
Tree roots can extend a surprising distance under the soil. A tree that looks like it’s nowhere near your home can have roots that extend right up to the foundations and, sometimes, through them – not what you want.
Whether a tree is putting the structural stability of your home at risk is difficult to ascertain. Many homes built close to large trees never experience any issues whatsoever. However, if you notice rising damp repeatedly coming up from the same spot in your basement, despite repairs to the ground sheeting, the tree roots might be to blame. You may need to hire a stump grinder to remove both the tree and the roots so that it cannot cause further damage to your property.
The Tree Is Overhanging A Neighbour’s Property
Most trees overhanging a neighbour’s property will never cause them any issues. There are, however, certain circumstances in which they may. Older trees tend to be the most problematic. If you have an old oak in your garden, then it may have large branches which extend into a neighbour’s property and risk falling and causing damage.
Oak and some other species are notorious for tree fall. Again, tree surgeons will cut back the problem trunks and branches, cutting your liability.