Tree Myths That Most People Believe

By: albertaarb - May 5, 2015

Trees are the subjects of urban legends—or just straight up misinformation.

But that’s where we come in. So let’s take a look at some of Canada’s biggest tree myths.

I need to get that sick tree down ASAP

Unless you’re a trained tree removal expert, you should call in the pros.

Only a trained professional can determine the right course of action when dealing with a sick tree. Impulsively grabbing your ladder and chainsaw could:

  1. Cause injuries to other trees, or even worse, yourself

  2. Be a premature action and a waste of your time and effort

  3. Actually encourage the spread of any diseases to other trees

We appreciate your diligence and your enthusiasm. But trust the pros to take care of this. 

I need to remove any sick branches ASAP

This may be the most popular of all the tree myths. It could be premature, dangerous, or encourage the spread of disease.

Take Dutch elm disease for example. The City of Calgary has asked residents to hold off on pruning until the fall to prevent the spread of this dangerous tree disease.

They asked that we, “Adhere to the Provincial elm pruning ban between April 1 and September 30. Pruning should be done when beetles are not active, between October and March. All tools used on diseased trees should be disinfected.”

Tree roots seek out and break up foundations

We respect any worries about your home, but again, this is just not true.

According to TreesCanada, “Tree roots cannot live in sterile mediums such as concrete and will never seek to penetrate foundation walls, instead, tree roots will seek moisture and may enter leaking pipes (or foundations) in search of moisture.”

They added, “Do not use clay as a backfill to your building, ensure as much surface water as possible is allowed to drain onto your soils and not a stormwater drain and choose a species of tree who does not have a huge thirst for water (e.g. do not choose silver maple Acer saccharinum).”

You can never have too many trees

Even tree myths with best intentions can be harmful. We love that you want to populate your yard with as much greenery as possible, but always be mindful of your space limitations.

TreesCanada reminds us that, “Trees will compete with each other for water and nutrients when planted too close together and can be harmful to the tree’s growth because it will impede the proper characteristics for crown development.”

Now that the tree myths have been exposed…

It’s time to contact a source you can trust.

At Alberta Arborists, we have helped countless people get rid of trees safely and efficiently, and we can help you, too. Our highly experienced arborists are trained to deal with any tree removal in any location and to ensure no damage is done to your property.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate of your job, and save your money, time (and body) from taking care of the tree removal yourself.

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