How to Decide if Your Tree Needs Removing

The Tell-Tale Signs That Your Tree Needs to be Removed

It can be difficult to decide whether or not your tree should be removed when it presents problems. You may not know if the severity of the issue warrants its removal, maybe you and your family have emotional ties to the tree, or perhaps you’re put off by the cost of having it removed.

There are many reasons why a tree may need removing, some of which you might not have considered before. Here’s a little guide to help you determine if your tree should be removed or not.

Is There Damage to the Trunk?

Internal decay can be noticeable from the surface of the trunk if there are dead branch stubs, vertical cracks, seams, and large wounds. In some cases the wounds can be repaired, though typically only if it’s less than a quarter of the circumference of the trunk itself. If the damage is larger than 25% of the circumference, the tree probably should be removed. You can always call a certified arborist to check.

Damages to the trunk can lead to further problems if not treated promptly, such as exposure to harmful bacteria, organisms, and fungi that can cause permanent damage.

Is Your Tree in Close Proximity to Power Lines?

If your tree is close to power lines it can cause interference with the power. These trees should be thinned out when necessary to ensure they don’t come into close contact with the power lines. If any branches are too close, you should always call a certified arborist to handle the job and must never attempt to do this yourself. It is extremely dangerous to put yourself or any of your equipment in close proximity to power lines.

Are There Hazardous or Dead Branches?

If your tree has many dead branches it is likely unsafe for its surrounding environment. The limbs could come falling down at any point and pose a danger to people, property, or items around it. Again, if less than a quarter of the branches are dead then the tree will likely survive, though you will need to have the dead branches removed immediately to prevent danger.

If the dead branches account for more than 25% of the tree’s limbs it is probably in declining health and likely to develop further, more severe issues. In this case, the tree should be removed. Additionally, if all of the dead branches are on one side the stability of the tree is compromised and could become hazardous. An arborist can evaluate the situation for you.

Is the Tree Leaning?

If your tree is leaning to one side then the roots are likely broken or gradually weakening. This presents an obvious danger to people and property around, and the tree should be removed as soon as possible.

Of course, there are many other reasons why your tree may need to be removed, such as damage it may be causing to other features on your property, and if its removal can result in the prosperity of another tree or plants. If you’re still unsure whether it needs to be removed, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Empire Tree.

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