Practices usually done to care for trees usually in both built and natural environments can be termed generally as tree services which include pruning, trimming, thinning, felling, tree removal as well as stump grinding. Tree services can be done with a major aim of getting the trees which are a major resource for the timber industry. Tree services are important as they help remove trees or branches that are infested by pests and also to enhance visibility more so if the trees are on the roadside. Ensuring safety during tree service activity is important to avoid accidents by following safety rules and also having protective clothing. Using tools and equipment that are proper when working on trees is also very key in ensuring efficient and effective work. Tree services mostly take place in built environments which include roadside, urban as well as suburban landscapes.
A major service in tree services is tree removal. Removing a tree is usually done when the risks involved to the surrounding people, other trees, and vegetation is higher than its benefits. Aesthetics of a given landscape is usually paramount and any tree that does not enhance it is usually removed. Surrounding vegetation and structure are required to be taken care of during tree removal so as to ensure that they are not damaged hence professionals who are trained and qualified are always sought to do tree removal. The predisposing factors for tree removal includes the condition of the tree, the state of the landscape it is located and also the structure of its branches. Tree removal requires the use of special tools which are suited to protect surrounding vegetation and structures such as electricity and telephone cables. Competing species around a removed tree mostly if they were competing for nutrients, water and light usually develop properly once it has been removed.
Once a tree is removed, a stump is usually left behind which needs to be removed. A stump is usually removed through stump grinding where it is crushed in to small disposable pieces. Stump grinding may be done using a stump grinder also referred to as stump cutter that uses a rotating cutting disc at a very high speed to chip the stump and the roots away. Leaving a stump to decay for several years may bring about pests such as termites hence stump grinding helps avoid these pests. Stump grinding also ensures that suckers do not sprout which affects the appearance of an area.
Deciding to remove a tree is usually tough hence one should seek alternatives to avoid it during the process of tree development. The vigor and longevity of trees can be enhanced through proper care and maintenance hence preventing tree removal.