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Knowing When It's Time to Remove a Tree


Knowing When it's Time to Remove a Tree


As the springtime approaches, you may be able to distinguish the dying trees from the living ones. As most trees begin to bloom, there may be a tree on your property that has many dead branches and simply not as much green as it once had. If you sense that your tree may be in trouble, it could be time to have it removed. However, because no one wants to cut down a tree that can be saved, it is extremely important to assess the situation carefully to determine if it is actually necessary. Not only do old trees one day die, but they may also develop tree disease which can kill them over time. These tips will help you to determine if it's time to have a tree removed.
What is Tree Disease?

There comes a time when tree removal may be necessary due to the harm that tree disease can cause. There is not just one specific disease that can kill trees, but numerous diseases that affect trees, landscaping and shrubbery. Luckily, if the disease is caught early enough, it can be controlled with an injection of fungicide into the trunk or the roots of the tree.

Some different types of tree diseases include 
Anthracnose, Apple Scab, Bacterial Leaf Scorch, Black Knot, Iron Chlorosis, Sudden Oak Death, Verticillium Wilt and more. Depending on the type of disease that your tree has, you may start to notice symptoms including leaf discoloration or deformation of the leaves, early leaf loss, entire branch deaths and more. Some reasons that your tree may develop a disease can be caused by insects that move the disease from ill ones to healthy ones, from the absence of fungi in the area and from native pathogens.

How To Tell When a Tree is Dying

It is important to know what to look for in order to tell if your tree is dying. Many homeowners simply do not take the time to look up at their trees which may even provide them with shady spots to relax during the summer months. Regularly inspect your trees to see if they are in poor health in order to avoid potential dangers and additional concerns.

You will be able to tell if your tree is dying and if you are in need of tree removal by first looking down at the base of the tree. If you notice saw dust or carpenter ants around the base of the tree, than it more than likely has developed wood decay. Mushrooms growing around or on the base of the tree is another sure-fire sign that there is wood decay present. You will then want to take a look at the trunk and the overall bark of the tree to see what condition it is in. If there is a lot of bark that is peeling away, cracks or holes, this can mean that the overall health of the tree is declining.

While falling branches are relatively normal for trees and may just be a sign that it could use a good trimming, it may also mean that it's time to have the tree removed. Look around at the branches to determine if there are many dead limbs and branches with no leaves. If about 1/3 of the tree is dying or bare, this is typically a sign that it may need to be removed from the property.

Consequences of Not Removing a Dead Tree

While your tree may have some sentimental value to you and can be upsetting to have removed, not removing has many potential consequences that can be extremely dangerous. When a tree begins to weaken, there is a risk of heavy branches falling or even the potential of the entire tree falling down. This can be a major concern for homeowners and others in the area.

In some cases, branches that rub into each other or that have grown to touch the home may simply need to be trimmed. However, it is highly recommended to seek the opinion of an arborist when it comes to your safety. If you have noticed that about 1/4 of the branches on the tree are dead or falling, having it cut down may be the best option. Not only is the damage that falling branches can cause a major concern, but lopsided trees can also be a huge hazard for your property and your family. If you tree has started to lean to one side, this is a sign that there is damage to the trunk or to the roots. At some point, the tree may fall over and onto your home, property or even on to people. Different weather conditions and a strong gust of wind can also cause your leaning tree to fall over if you have opted not to remove it.