When You Have to Cut Down a Big Tree: Things to Know 

Trees, in general, enhance the beauty in your home by adding to the elements that people can see outdoor. Also, they give shades that cool off your area when the weather becomes hot, and fresh air when you need to breathe in some after a tiresome routine indoors. In times of cold weather, big trees can help in acting as a windbreak to slow down heat loss, making the entire area warm. However, big trees sometimes need to be cut down due to several reasons like pests, diseases, aging, storm damage, and more. It is extremely advised that you contact a residential tree service New Jersey when you want to cut some larger trees in your territory to avoid serious accidents.  

Because it is dangerous to cut larger trees, we have shared here some things you need to know when you decide to cut trees. 

You can easily spot a dying tree when it has leaves on it. For instance, several leafless limbs on a tree during summer can be a sign of a weakening or dying tree. When it is severe, your tree might be far from being able to be salvaged and needed to be cut down. Moreover, if you can see some green tissues when scraping off the branch during winter, the tree is still healthy. However, when you have waited until spring and nothing comes out, then it is a sign that your tree has already died. Other warnings can include brown and wilted leaves that can be caused by stress, water loss, infection, or disease. When you also notice some diseased branches but observe that the tree is, in general, healthy, then you might as well consider trimming down the tree, rather than cutting it completely.  

When cutting down trees larger than 8 inches in diameter, we do not recommend cutting the tree on your own. You need to hire an arborist to ensure a safe procedure of cutting it down. How to hire a professional arborist? According to the International Society of Arboriculture, homeowners should be aware of the self-acclaimed arborists that go door to door to offer their service. When wanting to hire one, we recommend that you ask for a recommendation from a trusted source and do some research about the company before hiring it. Ask for insurance, references, and interview them about their service and safety protocols.  

After hiring a professional arborist, do not forget to ask for the stump as this can be difficult to remove later by yourself. While you can always wait for it to decompose, waiting can take a very long time. Moreover, the stump can grow back again, which makes it harder to be removed. If you also prefer to plant another tree in the stump, then do so, as it is possible, and even recommended. Your arborist would advise you to wait at least one year before you decide to plant in the stump or in the area where your tree was on before.