Trees offer so much to the environment. They clean the air, offer shade from the sun, protection from the wind, and provide shelter to all kinds of animals. These reasons make it hard to let a tree go, but sometimes it is inevitable. Below are several ways to know when it is time to have a tree removed.
Signs of Infection: Crown dieback, cracks (deep splits in the bark of a tree), misshapen or discolored leaves, soft & crumbly wood, or the appearance of fungi may be indicators that your tree is infected. A few other signs that your tree has unwanted pests may include holes, feeding areas or woodpeckers feeding heavily on the tree.
Dead Branches: Dead branches can fall at any time, causing damage to property, yourself or others. If 50 percent or more of your tree is damaged, it should be removed.
Improper Tree Growth: If you notice your tree isn’t growing the same as the trees around it (i.e. has thin leaf cover, discolored foliage or stunted growth), these could be signs that your tree is having problems and should be evaluated.
Evidence of Root Defect: If you notice fungi growing near the base of a tree, this could be a sign of root issues.
Trunk is Compromised or Hollow: Cracks, splits, large wounds and dead branch stubs are all indicators of internal decay or a hollow trunk. The reality of this problem is that a tree can live for years with these issues. However, it is just a matter of time before the tree falls causing even more issues (personal injury, property damage, etc.).
A Suddenly Leaning Tree: Not all trees that lean are dangerous. However, if a tree is suddenly leaning it could be a sign of structural damage and should be looked at by a professional.
Sprouts Growing at the Base: These sprouts are known as epicormic shoots and may be indicators that a tree is stressed and should be evaluated.
Tree is Near Power Lines: If a tree is growing under or into power lines it could become a hazard and should be evaluated as to whether it should be removed or regularly trimmed by a professional.
Tree is Too Close to a House (or Other Structure): Tree branches that are hanging too close to a roof or structure may need to be removed or pruned. If a tree is growing closer than 20 feet to your house or building you may want to consider having it removed, as its branches or roots could cause damage in the future.
Just because a tree is dead or dying doesn’t always mean it should be removed. Major consideration should go into the location of the tree (a forest or wooded area, for instance, is fine). If you see a tree that you think is questionable, it is best to have it inspected by a professional to see what, if any, preventative or proactive measures you can take. Contact us today with any tree removal questions!