Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Is It Time to Cut Down Your Tree?

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Is It Time to Cut Down Your Tree?
Autumn is a good time to do a number of things around the house. You’ve likely already started preparing for winter, trimming back some of your plants, and doing other maintenance tasks that are perfectly suited for brisk fall days. There may be at least one big task that needs to be done that you haven’t even considered, though: cutting down that tree that you’ve been worried about for ages.
It may seem strange to think of a project as major as cutting down a tree as especially well-suited for autumn, but there are actually a few reasons why this is the perfect time of year to bring that tree down. If you’re on the fence, here’s some advice on how to tell whether the tree really needs to come down and how to make sure that you bring it down safely.
Why Autumn?
Though bringing down a tree can be done at any time during the year, there are a few reasons why you should give it extra consideration during autumn. Cutting down a tree in the fall can help prevent regrowth, as sap will rise during the day and then can freeze during the cold overnight and kill the roots and stump. Even if it’s not cold enough to freeze, the fall cutting will weaken the roots and remaining stump and greatly decrease the likelihood of regrowth.
This isn’t the only reason to cut down trees in the fall, though, and not even the most important reason. If you’re cutting down a tree, it most likely has significant damage or disease and will become a hazard eventually if it isn’t already. Dead and damaged trees are much more likely to fall or split during the winter as water penetrates the damaged sections and freezes; cutting down the tree in the fall prevents this from happening, giving you control over when and how the tree falls instead of leaving it up to chance.
Inspecting Your Tree
When trying to decide whether a tree needs to be cut down, there are a few things that you should look for. Significant damage to the tree is a big one, and one of the most obvious; this can be storm damage, lighting strikes, or other types of damage, and should be pretty obvious just from looking at the tree. Splits, cracks, and holes in the trunk revealing that at least part of it is hollow make this sort of damage very obvious. At the very least you should remove damaged or dead limbs before winter, and if the damage is significant then the whole tree should come down.
There’s more than just physical damage that can indicate a tree needs to come down, though. Signs of disease such as large sections of dead leaves, discoloration on the trunk, and smells or visual signs of rot can also mean it’s time to cut down the tree. Mushrooms or other signs of fungus can also mean that the tree has a significant fungal infection, especially if the mushrooms are growing on the trunk or out of exposed roots. Infestation by insects or other pests can also indicate a problem with one of your trees, as these can eventually kill the tree and make it much more likely to fall. Any of these problems could result in a weakened or internally damaged tree that could come crashing down under the weight of winter snow and ice.
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*original article by Sanam Solati on ActiveRain

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Comments (5)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Norma. Thanks for the reblog. Timely and a great reminder. Enjoy your day.

Oct 28, 2021 04:31 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Wayne Martin I always like to share great articles that I stumble up on and I always make sure that I give the person credit.  Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

Oct 29, 2021 04:13 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX

Good morning Norma.  This is great information.  I never would have thought about if one time of year was better than the other regarding cutting down a tree.  I am glad you re-blogged this one because I missed the original!  Have a great day!

Oct 28, 2021 04:35 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Brenda J. Andrew I really didn't either until I read this article.  Glad you found it helpful and I appreciate Sanam for writing it. Have a fabulous weekend!

Oct 29, 2021 04:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Norma... I cut down three trees this year... including a gorgeous magnolia... but the roots were beginning to impact my foundation.

Oct 28, 2021 05:10 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Nina Hollander, Broker I always feel so sad when a tree has to be cut down but like all living things nothing can live forever.  Have a fabulous weekend!

Oct 29, 2021 04:16 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


So hard getting of a favorite tree.  They are not just a tree.  Memories galore. Thanks again for the post, have a great Friday-Eve, and make it a productive day.  Bill Salvatore. 

Oct 28, 2021 05:48 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I have to agree with you it makes me sad, but a new one is just a planting away.  Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Oct 29, 2021 04:17 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We watched large Montery pines being cut down.  It was sad, but they were diseased.  There is a rumor that they will be replaced.  A

Oct 28, 2021 09:20 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Ron and Alexandra Seigel hopefully they will be replaced soon, that is the joy of the circle of life I guess.  Hope that you have a fabulous weekend!

Oct 29, 2021 04:18 AM