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The most common tree emergencies and how you should handle them

Most of the time, trees stand tall and attractively, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of our landscapes. However, sometimes things can go wrong and action needs to be taken to avoid any tree disasters. If a tree has fallen, become infected by a disease, or is touching a power line, it’s considered an emergency and you’ll need to contact experienced tree surgeons Essex to deal with the problem right away. Read on to discover some of the most common tree emergencies.

Fallen tree

Trees can fall for a variety of reasons, from severe weather conditions to root rot and soggy soil. Whatever the reason for a tree falling, it can cause serious problems, including blocking roads, limiting property access and even damaging power lines. When a tree is on your property, it’s your responsibility and you’ll need to remove it as soon as possible. If the tree is small enough, you may be able to remove it yourself. However, in most cases, you’ll need to enlist a tree care company to do it for you.

Diseased or infested tree

Don’t ignore diseased trees on your land for too long. Diseases can spread to neighbouring trees at a rapid rate, potentially killing large numbers of your tree population. Some of the most common tree diseases in the UK include ash dieback, which is expected to kill around 80% of ash trees, and Dutch elm disease. Many tree diseases often go unnoticed, so it’s a good idea to get your trees inspected by an experienced tree surgeon regularly. An experienced tree surgeon in Essex can detect signs of disease early on before the damage gets out of hand.

Severely weather damaged tree

A tree that has been severely damaged by the weather can be a major hazard. A storm can cause branches to break and trees to lean or even fall altogether, posing a threat to people and property. A tree surgeon can remove the damaged parts of the tree, or, if necessary, remove the tree altogether. After a period of bad weather, it’s a good idea to have your trees inspected to identify potential hazards.

Tree limbs on power lines

If your tree has fallen onto power lines in a storm or has simply grown too big and is now too close to them, this can present a major hazard. Not only can it cause power outages, but it can result in electrical arcing and sparking between a wire and branch, which can potentially start a fire. If you notice a tree branch is touching a power line or is even closer than it should be, contact your local utility company. In no circumstances should you attempt to fix the problem yourself.

If you have a tree emergency like those mentioned above, local tree surgeons are on hand to assist you. You can reach Essex Tree Brothers by calling (01245) 955 117 or (01621) 484306 or by sending us a message via the website.