If one of the trees in your garden has developed a disease, it may need to be removed by a tree felling specialist. Here are two factors to take into consideration when deciding whether or not to have it cut down.
Its proximity to other trees
Before making this decision, it's important to check how close the diseased tree is to other healthy trees in your garden. The reason for this is as follows; diseases can be spread very easily from one tree to another.
For example, if you walk over the exposed roots of the diseased tree, the pathogens on it could end up being transferred to the soles of your shoes. If you then walk over the roots of a nearby healthy tree, the pathogens may come into contact with these roots and subsequently cause that healthy tree to develop the same disease.
If the other trees in your outdoor space are quite far away from the diseased tree, then it might not be necessary to have it removed.
However, if there are multiple trees located just a few metres away from it, then you may need to contact a tree felling specialist, in order to ensure that these other trees remain healthy.
In these circumstances, paying for the services of an arborist would be a worthwhile investment, as the cost and effort of having a professional cut down the tree would probably be far less than the costs and work involved in removing and replacing multiple diseased trees.
The frequency with which you use your garden
A disease can affect the structural soundness of a tree. This means, that, during a bout of windy weather, there is a risk that the infected tree in your garden could collapse or that one of its larger branches could snap off.
If you rarely, if ever, spend time in your garden, then your diseased tree's structural weakness isn't necessarily a serious problem.
However, if you routinely sunbathe, host parties or allow your children to play in your outdoor area, then it is absolutely essential to hire an arborist to cut down this tree.
If you do not, its trunk or branches could fall onto you, your children or your guests whilst you are spending time in this area of your property. Due to the heavy weight of most trees, being struck by one could easily result in major, life-changing injuries.