Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. An Arborist can help decide whether or not a tree should be removed. Signs that tree removal could be necessary to maintain the health of your property:
- Upper part of the tree that is over 50% dead
- Hollowing or rotting out of the trunk of the tree
- Leaning is more pronounced than in the past
- The tree is considered irreparably hazardous
- The tree is causing an obstruction that is impossible to correct through pruning
- The tree is crowding and causing harm to other trees
- The tree is to be replaced by a more suitable specimen
- The tree should be removed to allow for new construction
- Mushrooms or fungus like mistletoe growing along the roots or trunk
When choosing a company to remove a tree from your property, it is important to identify a company that has:
- An excellent reputation in tree removals
- Always puts safety first!
- The necessary equipment to ensure removal in a timely and efficient manner
- The proven expertise and experience to perform the removal with minimal risk to the surrounding environment – most important of all, your home.
- Fully Insured for your protection
Texas Tree Techs crew has cut down the biggest of the BIG! Is the tree over the house, fence or other obstacle? No Problem! The Texas Tree Techs team of Arborist and skilled Tree Care Professionals are trained with safety first on all accounts. Using the latest rigging methods combined with proper techniques and equipment we take on the most challenging removals with ease and accuracy.
Difficult and dangerous tree removal projects are our specialty, but we offer very competitive services for small tree removals as well. Tree Removal is very dangerous and should only be done by experienced professionals who are fully insured.
Mistletoe Kills Trees
Did you know Mistletoe Kills Trees ? True Mistletoe Facts & Why It Needs To Be Controlled If you have an infected oak, maple or other hardwood or a juniper or cypress, you are dealing with a “true” mistletoe species. Birds feed on the berry-like fruits of these mistletoes and can widely disperse the seeds. Small trees are rarely infected with misteltoe since birds tend to be attracted to the upper limbs of large trees. Birds feeding on the berries can spread the mistletoe infections over a large area. The berries are round, white to pink in color, occur in spikes and are about one-quarter inch in diameter. A berry usually holds a single seed surrounded by a sticky pulp. Birds digest the pulp of the berry and excrete the living seed. Berries can also fall into lower parts of the host tree, and begin growing wherever they stick to the bark. The berries can also stick to squirrels and be transferred.
Young or small trees are seldom infected by mistletoe. In nearly all cases, initial infection occurs on larger or older trees because birds prefer to perch in the tops of taller trees. Severe buildup and spread of mistletoe can kill trees, and often occurs when trees are neglected. Timely pruning can eliminate or greatly slow the advance of this parasitic plant. Branch and trunk swellings frequently result from mistletoe infection. Swellings weaken the tree and provide an entrance point for decay fungi.
How do I get rid of mistletoe?
For treatment of existing trees it is important to remove mistletoe before it produces seed and spreads to other limbs or trees. Severely infested trees should be removed and replaced with less susceptible species to protect surrounding trees.
The good news is that mistletoes are obligate parasites, which mean they survive only in living tissue. The most effective treatment is to prune out an infected branch, thereby killing the mistletoe on that branch. The bad news is that you cannot eliminate mistletoe from a tree unless all infected limbs are removed. If a tree were completely infected, you’d kill the tree if you removed all infected limbs. Often times there are less drastic measures you can take in order to enjoy your trees and tolerate mistletoe because mistletoes spread slowly and it takes many infections and years to kill a tree.
Using thinning-type pruning cuts, remove infected branches at their point of origin or back to large lateral branches. Infected branches need to be cut at least one foot below the point of mistletoe attachment in order to completely remove embedded haustoria. Done properly, limb removal for mistletoe control can maintain or even improve tree structure. Severe heading (topping) is often used to remove heavy tree infestations; however, such pruning weakens a tree’s structure, and destroys its natural form. In some cases it is best to remove severely infested trees entirely because they are usually a source of mistletoe seed.