An overgrown shade tree usually results when a large species is planted to closely to the home. This results in long canopy branches that overhand the house, as well as a root system that can pose a danger to your foundation or sidewalks. You have a few options you can consider when dealing with the overgrown tree, as the following will show you.
Option #1: Thin the canopy
Often, a large shade tree has an overgrown canopy. This increases the chances for trouble because there isn't sufficient light and moisture penetration through the branches. The result is more branch death and an increased threat of falling branches.
If you want to try and keep the tree, have the canopy pruned and thinned out. The tree service company can remove up to a third of the branches without causing any lasting damage to the tree, in most cases.
Option #2: Head back long branches
If branches are scraping against the roof or siding, or in danger of damaging the house when the tree sways in high wind, then heading back the long branches can help prevent damage to your home.
As a general guideline, you can prune back a branch by about a third of its length without causing major stress to the tree. Cut back all the branches on the tree, though, not just the offending branches. You want the canopy to stay balanced in size and shape.
Option #3: Install a root guard
A long root system can put pressure against foundation walls, eventually resulting in a crack. They can also rise to the surface and damage sidewalks and other paving.
A root barrier can solve this problem. The roots are cut before they reach the foundation or other structure. Then, a metal sheet is inserted vertically into the soil so that the roots can't grow beyond that point.
Option #4: Remove the tree
Sometimes the best option is to remove the tree completely. This is especially true if it is too overgrown to cut back or thin sufficiently to keep it from touching the home, or if installing a root barrier will prevent the tree from having a root ball of sufficient size to maintain it.
A tree removal company, such as Lakeridge Landscaping & Tree Service, can take down the tree safely so it doesn't damage your property. You can then replace it with a smaller-growing tree that will provide shade without being an issue in your landscape.