Tree removal is expensive, so it’s important to know when to call a professional. These tips will help you know when to remove a tree and when intervention and care can keep a tree growing strong.

The Tree is Dead or Dying

To know if a tree is dying, look for signs like no leaves in the spring, fungus growing on the bark, and off-colored patches of needles if it’s a conifer. If your tree has one or more of these symptoms, contact an arborist to assess whether removal is necessary.

The Tree’s Structure is Unstable

If you notice any cracks in the trunk, branches of uneven girth, and large, heavy dead wood close to your home, garage, or other structures, it might be time to remove the tree for safety reasons.

When to Remove a Tree If Your Property Floods

If your property floods frequently, consider removing trees that have shallow root systems. These trees can be unstable and dangerous when their roots are submerged underwater.

Your Tree is Crowding Out Other Plants in the Yard

Sometimes a tree will become overgrown and take up too much space in your yard, causing your grass or other landscaping to die back. Check with a professional to see if the tree can be topped or pruned to keep growth manageable.

Roots are Damaging Your Home’s Foundation

If your tree has roots damaging the foundation of your home, or if they’re growing up through the driveway or sidewalk, it is best to have a tree removal specialist take care of the situation.

Ivy Overgrowth Can Tell You When to Remove a Tree

Ivy can be great for adding shade, but it can also damage trees if it’s not maintained. If the vines are choking out your tree by blocking sunlight or wrapping around its trunk and preventing proper growth, you will need to remove the ivy and sometimes the tree.

Pests and Insects

If your tree is infested with pests, such as beetles or borers, it might be best to have the tree removed. Check the tree for signs like sawdust near the base, dying branches or leaves, and holes in the trunk, and consult a pest removal service if you see any issues.

When to Remove a Tree: Disease

Various diseases can affect trees, from fungal infections to root rot. If you suspect your tree is diseased, contact an arborist or pest removal service for assessment and advice on whether the tree can be saved with treatments or will need to be removed.

Remember, it’s always best to call a professional tree removal service when in doubt. They can assess the situation and advise you on whether your tree is worth saving or needs to be removed. Keeping trees healthy and safe is vital for the health of your property and surrounding environment, so don’t hesitate to contact someone if you think there’s cause for concern.

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