3 Common Tree Myths Debunked

Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting based in San Carlos, Bay area CA shares major tree facts homeowners should know.

It’s Time Homeowners Knew the Truth About These Tree Myths

When it comes to trees and tree care, there are many different myths in the industry. Many homeowners are even scared of the trees in their yards because of how big and foreign they seem to the person. That, mixed with all the myths can leave someone with a pretty confusing idea of how to care for a tree and where to plant them in the first place. Of course, it is always best to consult with a professional arborist before making any decisions for the trees themselves. Below are three popular myths in the tree service industry that professionals want to debunk for homeowners.

Continue reading to learn the truth about trees and how to care for them.

Wounded Trees Don’t Need Maintenance, They Heal Themselves

It is more so the wording of this myth that makes it untrue. Yes, a healthy tree can grow new bark when it suffers an injury. However, the wound never really goes away. The tree undergoes what is known as compartmentalization to wall off or prevent the spread of decay. These injured tissues then become covered up by the new tissue or bark.

So, the wound is still there. The wound itself didn’t heal, rather, the tree grew around the wound. Unfortunately, this process can take time and decay, pest and disease can set in before the tree can heal if they wound is large. NPC believes in preventative maintenance to reduce the potential of these type of wounds occurring.

Still, there are some tree injuries that require the help of a professional arborist. Here are a few injuries that require special attention or maintenance:

  • When the trunk has a big gash, tear or split in it
  • Some of the major branches broke off and are still stuck in the top of the tree
  • The tree is suddenly leaning

Tree Removal Will Help With Allergies

When the days are breezy and dry during the summer, your allergy symptoms could be coming from anywhere. During the spring and early summer, there are budding trees and flowers all over the place. This pollen can travel miles at a time.

So, removing the budding trees from the yard won’t get rid of homeowners’ allergy symptoms entirely. However, there is a chance that it could reduce their symptoms a little. Homeowners can also try having their trees professionally trimmed when they start budding. This will reduce their symptoms without losing the tree in the process. There are also certain species of trees that you can plant that are better for people with allergies.

Tree Roots Damage Sewer Lines

Many homeowners are under the impression that the trees in their yard can cause damage to the sewer line. However, this doesn’t happen nearly as often as people might think. In reality, tree roots really only go about 24 inches deep, while the sewage line is placed a lot lower than that underneath the ground.

Even when people say that there are tree roots growing in the piping system, it is not from the tree itself. What actually happened is the piping system experienced a weak or leaking spot. If the tree even grows down that far, the only way for it to break through the piping is if there is already an opening there. So, no. Tree roots technically don’t damage sewer lines. With that being said, some tree species should not be planted around sewer or water lines like the coastal redwood Sequoia sempervirens.

Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting Is There To Help

Ned Patchett Tree Care & Consulting cares about the residents of San Carlos, CA. They offer arboricultural consultations to their customers to assess potential risks and preservation tips. Homeowners trust them with the trees in their yards because they are the experts that get the job done safely and efficiently. Call today to schedule an appointment!

By |2021-06-09T15:55:51+00:00June 9th, 2021|Blog, Tree Care and Related Services|