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Tree Removal- Is it Necessary?

Tree removal can be a controversial subject as worldwide canopy coverage is in decline and deforestation is a great cause for concern. There are many well-documented reasons as to why trees are extremely beneficial plants; some of these benefits include the importance of trees for the environment and the climate, physical and mental health of humans and provision of food and shelter for a wealth of wildlife. There are occasions however, when trees do need to be removed and there are a variety of essential reasons why.

Reasons to Remove a Tree

1. If the Tree is Dead

If a tree has already died and has no habitat value (where the tree can still be used by birds, animals or insects for shelter) then it should be removed for safety reasons. A dead tree is more likely to be structurally unsound and to create hazards from falling limbs or the tree could fall. The location of the tree is also important; if it is situated close to property or in the vicinity of people or animals,  then it should be removed to avoid any unnecessary risk. However if it is located somewhere where there is no risk to anyone or anything then it is absolutely fine to leave the tree where it is and allow nature to take its course.

2. It is a Candidate for Whole Tree Failure

If a tree is a risk from whole tree failure that cannot be mitigated by a tree healthcare treatment program or by restricting access to the tree then it may need to be removed due to hazard risk.

Mitigation Treatments include:

  • End Reduction.
  • Reductive Pruning.
  • Isolation.
  • Restrict access.
  • Propping, Bracing and Cabling.
  • Installation of protective structures such as netting of lower canopy to prevent small branches from falling.
  • Crown raise trees around infrastructure.

Some causes of whole tree failure that cannot be mitigated against are:

  • Fungal decay in the tree’s root system.
  • Poor pruning or ‘tree lopping’ that is beyond the point of repair or remediation.
  • Certain tree or structural defects within trees that cannot be removed.
  • Large occlusion between two major co-dominant stems.
  • Lightning strikes or damage that have affected the whole tree. Depending where the lightening has struck the tree and the damage caused, it is not automatically a reason to remove the tree but it should be inspected and a judgement made by a Level 5 Qualified Consulting Arborist.
  • Sustained damage such as a large wound that the tree will be unable to heal itself by sealing over the wound leading to the tree becoming structurally unsound.

3.  It is An Invasive Weed Species

Certain species of trees are categorised as weeds and are retricted under the Biosecurity Act 2014.   Weed species such as Chinese Elm, Camphor Laurel trees and Captain Cook trees should be removed if possible in favour of a native species as they ‘seriously threaten Queensland’s primary industries, natural environment, livestock, human health and people’s livelihoods.’

when should you remove a tree?

When not to remove a tree

There are plenty of reasons not to remove trees and you should always consult with a highly qualified, experienced and recommended Arborist from a reputable company if you have concerns about a tree’s safety or wish to remove it. Beware of door to door tree loppers who will often remove a perfectly healthy tree for no good reason or lop it so badly that it will fail to thrive and eventually die from the damage caused by the tree lopping or poor pruning.

Do not remove a tree if:

  1. It is protected by Federal, State Government or Council Legislation. Removing Heritage listed trees or trees with Vegetation Protection Orders (VPO’S) will result in a court case and large fine.
  2. It is healthy or can be nursed back to full health. The cost of proper tree care will result in various benefits to you and your property, including:
  • Creation of shade: High skin cancer rates in Queensland means that shade and the ability keeping out of the sun while still enjoying being outdoors is invaluable.
  • Reduce heating bills in winter.
  • Reduce power bills in summer as trees cool the air.
  • Reduces stress on the storm water system.
  • Increases the life span of bitumen

Plant Health are Brisbane

For Tree Removal Always Hire a Professional Tree Company

For all your Tree Care needs and to speak to a Level 5 Qualified Consulting Arborist, call Heritage Tree Care on 0737155444 or email sales@heritagetreecare.com.au for a free, no obligation quote and our qualified and experienced Arborists will be delighted to advise you on the best course of action for your trees.  We cover Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands and Gold Coast area in Queensland, Australia.