Oak trees are stunning and majestic. If you have one on your property, you should take advantage of its shade and beauty, enjoying them to the fullest. Unfortunately, though, there are times when an oak tree may need to be removed from your land. Here are some situations in which you should consider having an oak tree removed.
It's overhanging your roof
Having a tree overhang your roof is never good. The tree will shade the roof, which gives moss and algae a chance to grow. Having an oak tree overhang your roof is even worse than having most other kinds of trees in this position. Oak trees drop acorns, which can quickly clog your gutters. They also tend to have more fragile branches, which are more likely to fall on your roof in a storm. Sometimes a tree care company can remove a large limb from an oak tree to protect your roof, but often, the best approach is to take down the whole tree.
It's near your foundation
Oak trees grow really deep and extensive root systems. These roots are necessary to support such big, sturdy trees. Unfortunately, though, these extensive root systems can cause lots of problems if the oak tree is too close to your home. The roots can grow into sewer lines and septic tanks, leading to backups. They can also cause your foundation to crack. All of these issues can be expensive to fix. You are often better off removing the oak tree before it causes foundation or plumbing problems. If you want to do what's best for the planet, just re-plant a new oak tree further from your home where it can comfortably grow and thrive.
It has oak wilt
Oak wilt is a serious fungal disease that affects oak trees. It causes the branches to start dying and turning brown, starting at the crown. It also causes cankers and fungal growths to appear on the tree's trunk. If your tree has these symptoms, have a tree care professional come take a look and rule out other problems like anthracnose. If your oak tree does have oak wilt, you'll want to remove it sooner rather than later. The longer you leave it in place, the more fungal spores it will spread to other trees. There is also a risk of the wood becoming brittle, causing the tree to fall down.
Oak trees are awesome, but sometimes, taking yours down is the best option. Contact a tree removal company to learn more.