When You Should Consider Tree Removal

Posted on: 30 November 2017

Trees are a beautiful part of the landscape and a part of people's lives, blessing their physical and emotional health. Deciding whether you need to remove a tree isn't always easy, but can be necessary. They can add to the splendor of the landscape when taken care of. Several factors come into play when considering tree removal.


Is the location of the tree too close to structures? If a tree continually blocks out the sun on a portion of your house, it may be susceptible to mold depending on where you live. Also, if the root structure grows too large, it may threaten the foundation of the house, impede the pipes, or other underground utilities.


Whether it is new construction or remodeling, a tree may be injured in the process or not fit with the landscape. Rather than struggle around a project and possibly injure someone, removal may be necessary.

Health of the Tree

If you suspect the tree may be sick or diseased, then contact a professionally trained arborist to evaluate the tree. There are several warning signs to look for with the health of the tree.


With a sick tree, the soil will be heaving at the base and beneath the canopy. Another sign is decay that produces a fungi or mushrooms near the base.


Evaluating the bark, look for any chipped, peeling, or cracking bark around the trunk. Cavities in the trunk or branches can also be a sign of disease. If the trunk is mature and leaning too much, it may pose a risk of falling and will need to be cut down. Certain other defects in the trunk can compromise a tree and increase its chances to fall.


Look for any dead or hanging branches in the upper crown of the tree. Also know, dead and hanging branches pose a critical risk. In a storm, they can injure any surrounded people or objects. Fine twigs, near the lower part of the tree, without living buds can also be a sign of sickness.


Watch for leaves falling at the improper time. Leaves that lack veins or nodules can also be a sign of disease.

When contemplating the health of trees, a professional arborist can determine the risk involved with keeping the tree and whether tree removal is needed, or pest and disease treatments are needed. Removing a tree can be a hard decision, but can help with the health and beauty of your landscape for years to come.