With its lush green leaves, a fig tree can be a nice decorative addition to home's backyard. The beauty of a fig tree also brings with it serious responsibilities that must be addressed. Without proper care and maintenance, a harmless-looking fig tree could actually contribute to both structural damage and the presence of safety risks. A little basic yard care, however, can go a long way towards dealing with a fig tree's potential hazards.
Understanding The Risks O Wild Branches
Allowing a fig tree to grow and grow without taking steps to cut the branches creates problems. Branches growing unchecked may press up against a fence and bend the metal out of its normal shape necessitating costly repairs. The trees could grow so high the branches may end up reaching overhead electrical power lines. The branches might potentially pull power lines loose creating fire and electrical shock risks.
Damage does not have to be limited to one's own property. If the branches extend into a neighbor's yard, the growth may cause property damage in which the fig tree's owner is liable. Property damage might end up being the least of a homeowner's worries and liabilities. A neighbor who trips over a branch reaching into his/her yard could have a very good civil case since not cutting the branching would be a form of negligence.
Cutting the Branches
Cutting solid fig tree branches usually requires the use of a hacksaw due to the hardness of the branches. An easier strategy would be to cut the branches while they are in the green stage and have not fully grown, solidified, and turned brown. When the branches are green and soft, cutting them with a decent outdoors knife is possible. Struggling to saw through thick branched can be avoided.
Another option is possible for those wishing to make things easier. Use the knife to hack holes in the green, water-filled branches, As the branches lose water, dehydration and brittleness set in. The branches could be more easily removed this once they die from the loss of water.
Ignoring the Aesthetics
Someone who does not have experience cutting or trimming trees may be at a loss for making things look nice. When the goal is to reduce hazards, aesthetics take a proverbial backseat. Cutting the branches off in an uneven or hackneyed manner might not look pleasant, but the immediate dangers associated with the fig tree are removed. A tree trimming service could be called at more convenient time to smooth out the rough look of the hacked up tree.
Resorting to Removal
Cutting the branches does not mean they are never going to grow again. Those unable to stay on top of the trimming work or find their work to be inadequate should think about eliminating the tree altogether. Hiring a professional tree removal service may be the best option to put an end to all the hazards the fig tree presents.
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