Trees are a wonderful gift of nature that plays a vital role in balancing nature and human civilization. Trees purify the air, absorb UV rays, increase the ground level water, prevents soil erosion, prevent floods, provide rubber, timber, fruit, etc and other uncountable benefits to humans. You cannot imagine your life without trees. Trees increase the value of your property, as they provide a greener environment to live. But, if the tree becomes sick then you should call the city of Toronto tree removal services.
Symptoms of a sick tree
- Symptoms of bark: A healthy tree should have properly coated and soft textured bark on the surface whereas, in a sick tree, the bark becomes flaky and brittle. An infected trunk will have holes, cracks, and wounds.
- Symptoms of branches: Due to stormy weather, the branches may break off, but in a sick tree, the branches will rotten and will be a host of insects. The branch may become bare and fall off afterward.
- Symptoms of leaves: In a sick tree, leaves start falling much before the fall season or else the dead leaves remain stuck to the branches. The leaves become shriveled and discolored. Wilted, yellow, brown or sunburnt leaves on a new plant is another sign of sick and stressed tree. Frequent color changing of leaves and tree with no leaves are other signs of tree stress.
- Symptoms of roots: If you find fungal growth or sprouts growing near the base of the tree, this may be a sign of infected roots.
What to do next?
If you find any sign of tree stress and tree sickness, the first step is to call a professional arborist. An arborist can help you in the following ways:
1) An arborist will check out the tree properly and check out the symptoms of sickness.
2) He or she will advise you with the treatment for treating the tree.
3) He may advise for watering, compositing, and manuring of the soil so that the tree may come out of stress. He or she needs to spray insecticides and medicines like fungicides in case of infection.
4) In case of advanced stages of tree sickness, then the arborist will suggest for tree removal.
Do I need a permit for tree removal?
Yes, you require the city of Toronto tree removal permit if you wish to remove a tree. Important varieties of trees and trees of private properties are protected under the Municipal Code Chapter 813. This is called Tree Protection by- Law. As per law, there is a need of a permit to remove, injure or cut down the tree with a diameter of more than 30 cm (12 inches) and tree with 1.4 meters (4.5 feet) above the ground level. Trees of private properties and all diameters are protected by the Ravine Protection Areas of the City of Toronto are protected under provisions of the City of Toronto Tree Removal Municipal Code Chapter 658, Ravines.