Most people don’t start researching emergency tree services until there’s a real emergency. However, if you’re a property owner with trees on your land, it’s a good idea to know the ins and outs of emergency tree services before disaster strikes. A tree emergency doesn’t always look like you’d image (though sometimes it does). There are obvious tree emergencies, such as a tree falling on a building or getting severely damaged during a storm. However, most tree emergencies aren’t as obvious. In fact, most tree emergencies that transpire could have been avoided with routine tree trimming and by consulting with tree experts.

Removing a tree is one of the most common emergency tree services. Tree removal at the basic level includes the removal of a tree down to the stump. It’s then segmented and hauled away. Tree stump removal is a separate service that can be provided at the same time. A tree might need to be removed in an emergency situation for several reasons—maybe it’s been damaged, it’s dying, or it wasn’t well-maintained and has grown out of control.

Why Tree Emergencies Happen

Removing broken branches and even tree trimming can be considered an emergency service. There are certain parameters and best practices in place when it comes to how much overhang a tree should have on a building to be considered safe. If tree branches are overgrown and threatening to damage your property, that’s a tree emergency. It’s impossible for a non-professional to tell how at-risk a tree branch is of breaking. One strong gust of wind or storm might be all it takes for a branch to seriously damage your property—or a person.

Weather damage is a common cause for a tree emergency, but sometimes stormy weather just speeds up an already dangerous situation. Ideally, property owners should schedule a routine tree service at least once per year. This lets experts keep an eye on the health of the tree, its growth, and ensures branches aren’t at risk of getting out of control in the next year. It’s always best to prevent an emergency rather than treat one, and that’s what annual tree services provide.

What to Do in a Tree Emergency

If a tree has fallen on a building or looks like it’s about to, call your local tree service experts immediately. Don’t try to address the situation yourself. Even if a tree has already fallen, there might still be dangers—particularly if it’s touching or close to a building or home. If you can’t recall the last time you had a tree expert assess your property and trees, schedule your annual tree service today. This should be a yearly task, and spring is the perfect season for an assessment as the trees are just coming out of dormancy.

Remember that there are risks as well as benefits that come with having a tree on your property. Take care of it and you can enjoy the beauty and shade without worrying about whether or not it’s a danger to you. Call Timber Ridge Tree Service today for a tree emergency service or an annual tree check.