Trees are an excellent part of any yard. They can improve your lawn by fighting soil erosion, providing a source of shade, and simply beautifying the whole area. However, it is sometimes necessary to remove them. An article by Certified Professional Horticulturist Virginia Williams for the University of Maryland’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources cites some valid reasons for performing tree removal in Noblesville. One of them is because the tree is of an undesirable species:
Undesirable trees include black locust, Siberian elm, box elder, mulberry, poplars, Bradford pear, silver maple, tree of heaven, mimosa, catalpa, empress tree, and willows. Characteristics that make some trees “undersirable” [sic] include: weak wood prone to frequent breakage, always dropping large quantities of debris, shallow roots that damage lawns and pavement, often infested with diseases or insects specific to the tree species or being an invasive species by prolific reseeding in the landscape.
Other possible reasons for a tree’s removal are its potential to disrupt power lines, the trunk is rotting and there is a possibility of the tree collapsing, or the tree has suffered extreme damage and has become an obstruction. If reasons like these are apparent, it is best to contact a professional Noblesville lawn care company like Dependable Lawn Care, LLC to supervise the tree’s removal.
Though it can be tempting to just cut down a tree with a handy axe like a lumberjack, it is best to have the process done by a professional. Additionally, they would be aware of local laws concerning tree removal; in Indiana, unlike other states, there is no need to get a permit to have a tree removed. However, Indiana law states that the person who has the trunk of a tree on their property is the one responsible for its care and removal; this means a tree may be endangering your property but if its trunk is on someone else’s land, you’ll have to talk to him about the removal.
As for the removal process itself, it happens in two parts. First, the tree needs to be felled. Before this happens, the area needs to be cleared of any objects so that they won’t be caught when the tree falls. Additionally, you need to determine which direction the tree can fall; this will determine the escape route when it is felled. Next, larger branches are removed so as to make the felling easier. Guide ropes and mechanical equipment can help with cutting down the tree. Second, the tree stump has to be removed. Digging it up is one option but professional services would use heavy equipment to help with removal, making it easy for you.
(Source: How Do You Decide When to Remove a Tree?, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources – University of Maryland Extension)