Trees form a large and important part of our global ecosystem, not just being aesthetically pleasing but also providing oxygen and nutrients for all creatures. However, the phrase “too much of a good thing” can definitely apply where trees are concerned and there are many circumstances in which tree removal is necessary and the right course of action. The following describes some reasons and situations where tree removal could offer some real benefits.

Aesthetic reasons

Trees are often planted for aesthetic purposes initially, whether purely for their looks, aroma or provision of shade and privacy. However, when planted in the wrong place or after having undergone excessive growth, trees can become intrusive and obstructive, preventing light from reaching where it is needed. In addition, some trees, in particular palm trees, drop various fruit and seeds, which can rot and consequently produce very unpleasant odours. It is clear that in these situations the removal of trees could offer a real benefit and perhaps even an increase in property value.

Practical reasons

Unwanted trees are not only unattractive but can also be physically damaging. For example, drain clogging is a particular problem associated with the droppings of palm trees. Additionally, the roots of trees are very extensive and strong. Consequently they can break concrete, interfere with foundations and disrupt plumbing systems. Trees can grow very tall and if sub optimally placed they may touch and interfere with electrical lines. It is also practical to remove trees that are either dead or diseased.

Hazard-related reasons

Often the presence of trees is hazardous to people. The sheer size of a tree is enough to pose a serious threat if it falls, therefore any tree that is unstable should be removed. Similarly, tree removal is a good preventative measure against storm damage. Palm trees specifically can be hazardous as their droppings are sharp and can pierce the skin, which can result in infection. Also, trees are incredibly flammable and large numbers near houses can pose a fire risk.

Above are the most common reasons for tree removal with other possible reasons including their adverse effects on other plants, potential to harbour unwanted creatures and to increase space.

Overall it is clear that whilst trees are incredibly important they can also be unwanted, and even dangerous in some cases. Therefore carefully rationalised and justified tree removal is often the best solution.