Five Signs It’s Time for Tree Removal

Trees help make a home beautiful and can also help clean the air, keep soil from eroding and provide shade. Because of this, homeowners don’t necessarily like to remove trees. However, there are some signs that tree removal is necessary.

Damage to the Tree

If at least half of the tree is damaged, it should probably come down, especially if there is major damage to the trunk itself and not just the branches. If most of the damage is on one side, the tree may be at an increased risk for falling down. Likewise, a tree that has at least a third of the interior missing or rotten may not be structurally sound enough to keep. Trees that are leaning more than 15 degrees should also be removed.

Location of the Tree

If there isn’t enough space for the tree to grow properly, the tree is large and closer to the house than 20 feet or the tree is under power lines and likely to become taller than 25 feet when mature, it may be best to hire a company that deals with tree services to come and cut down the tree. Trees that are near bodies of water or on rocky ledges typically aren’t capable of developing deep root systems due to the environment and may need to come down as well. In some cases, there are too many trees crowding together, and in that situation the healthiest should be saved and the rest removed to make room for proper growth.

Growth on the Tree

If there are sprouts or small branches growing from the base of the tree, this can be a sign there is something wrong with the tree. Fungus growing on the tree can indicate that the tree has a root disease. If either of these conditions exist, it’s a good idea to have the tree evaluated by a specialist to see if it needs to come down.

Species of the Tree

Some types of trees are more desirable than others, and thus worth trying to save if possible. Other trees, including Norway maple, mimosa, willows, poplars, box elder, Siberian elm, black locust, Bradford pear, tree of heaven and the empress tree, are considered less desirable because they are more prone to disease, invasive, drop large amounts of debris or are weaker types of wood that break often.

Disease or Infestations

Another reason to chop down a tree is if it’s infested with insects that may spread to surrounding trees or has a major disease. Not removing trees in this type of situation could result in damage to all of the nearby trees.