Tree hollows have a romantic reputation and are often depicted in children’s movies and fairy tales as lovely homes for forest animals. However, the reality of a hollowed tree can be much different. A severe hollow can cause irreparable damage to your tree, and be the catalyst for its premature failure. A hollow can weaken your tree and invite other tree care problems to your property. Still, many are curious how hollows form in the first place. Understanding the process is the best way to be prepared for addressing early signs of hollowing so your tree can be saved.
Step One: The Tree Suffers Damage
A hollow begins to form as the result of initial injury. There can be many reasons why a tree becomes damaged. For instance, a storm may break a large branch, something may fall and injure tree bark or a pest of some kind may have left the tree wounded. Most hollowing can be remedied before it ever starts, by being taking action promptly when damage occurs. A tree care specialist, like 404-CUT-TREE, can prune the tree if needed and help begin the “healing” process.
Step Two: Water Collects and Promotes Decay
If left unnoticed or ignored, the damaged portion of the tree may begin to fill with water. As more rains come, season after season, the void becomes larger and holds water for longer periods of time. Trees located in areas that are particularly wet are even more vulnerable to hollowing, and should be monitored to avoid further damage to the tree. Sometimes, if the top of the tree has broken off, the entire tree can become hollow and may need to be removed.
Step Three: The Affected Area Attracts Bacteria and Fungi
Over time, the wet wood will begin to decay and will attract certain strains of bacteria and fungi, causing plant disease. At this point, you may be subjecting all your properties wildlife to potential problems. The issue needs to be addressed or you might be putting nearby trees at risk of disease and pest problems. If the tree is located near your house, you may see an increase in termites, insects or rodents inside the home as well. It is often at this stage that the tree will need to be removed entirely. The tree itself may have died or be past the point of saving. This can leave your tree susceptible to breaking. If the tree trunk or a large limb falls on your home, vehicle or a loved one, the consequences could be devastating. Tree Service Alpharetta
Should a Hollow Tree Always Be Removed?
If some hollowing has occurred, the tree may still be structurally sound and even thriving with appropriate treatment from an arborist. As stated before, if the tree has reached a certain point of decay, and the trunk’s strength has been compromised, leaving the tree intact could put your family at risk of property damage or personal injury. If you are unsure if your tree needs to be removed, call the experts at 404-CUT-TREE and we can send a certified arborist to your property to conduct a thorough inspection and tree risk assessment.
Are You Considering an Assessment or Tree Removal for Your Hollowed Tree? Call 404-CUT-TREE
If you suspect that your tree’s hollow is causing trouble, contact the team at 404-CUT-TREE today. Our customer care team will work hard to find the answers and solutions to all your tree care troubles. Call today to find out how our services can help or to schedule an appointment with one of our arborists.