Three Mistakes To Avoid After Taking Down A Tree

There are many good reasons to get rid of a tree, whether it is diseased or dead, or simply growing in the wrong place. Your problems with the tree may not stop at removal, though. Sometimes, pests are drawn to your landscape afterward if you make one of the following mistakes. This guide can help you avoid these issues.

#1: Saving the logs incorrectly

If you have a fireplace or woodburner, it makes sense to keep your dead tree for fuel use. Of course, it will need to be dried and cured for at least six months first. Problems occur when you don't consider the reason for removal. If the tree came down due to pests or disease, you must make sure the wood is stacked as far as possible from healthy trees, especially those of the same species. Stack the wood as far from the house as possible as well, so any pests don't move inside. Finally, allow for plenty of air circulation around the stack so that it dries out as quickly as possible. Dry wood is less likely to rot and it will burn hotter and more efficiently.

#2: Ignoring the monsters in the mulch

Mulching is another use many people find for their removed trees. Wood chip mulch can be very beneficial for your trees and plants since it protects the soil, conserves moisture, and helps regulate soil temperature. There can also be problems associated with mulch, depending on the health of the tree it came from. First and foremost, never mulch a black walnut tree since chemicals in the wood actually kill other plants. Disease pathogens generally don't survive much past mulching, although those spread by fungi, such as Dutch elm disease or a wilt fungus, could potentially survive so caution must be used.

#3: Leaving the stump in place

The largest source of problems after removal will likely be the stump. Tree stumps attract wood boring insects like termites and carpenter ants, which may later move into your home. Disease organisms, including many fungal diseases, can also infect a stump then spread to nearby healthy trees. Stumps sometimes attract animal pests, as well. For example, skunks will sometimes burrow in a hollow stump. There are chemical methods for stump removal you can do yourself, but for quick results consider having the stump ground out.

Form more help, contact a tree removal company like Chandlers Tree Service in your area.