How to Identify a Tree for Removal

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How to Identify a Tree for Removal

Healthy trees are a wonderful addition to any yard, with their lush foliage and natural beauty. Mature trees offer shade, provide privacy, and give colour to your property when in season.

But there may come a time when your tree becomes a hazard to both people and property. When this happens, the tree must be removed. Don’t take risks with dangerous trees. If you see any of the following signs in your trees, it may be time to call a tree removal company. How do you identify a tree for removal? Some tips below.

Broken or Dropped Branches

A few broken branches from a storm are nothing to worry about, but when your tree starts dropping branches for no apparent reason, it could be a sign of trouble. Large dead branches on your tree should be removed immediately before they break off and hurt someone. These branches can also be a sign of decay that may spread to other parts of the tree, slowly killing the tree and causing other branches to drop. Call a tree removal service or arborist to check your tree for underlying conditions.

Leaning Trees

Trees with healthy roots can slowly grow to a lean, so if you see your tree starting to grow diagonally, keep an eye on it. But if you have a tree that suddenly leans over to the side, you may have decaying roots. If this is the case, the roots will struggle to hold the tree up and in place.

Trees with Cracks in the Trunk

Trees that have been around for some time will develop superficial cracks in the bark. This poses no threat to you or the tree. But over time, some trees will slowly develop deep cracks, hollows, or cavities in their trunks. This may be a symptom of a more serious condition or indicate the presence of fungi that can hollow out the tree completely.

Multiple Trunks Are Present on the Tree

Often, when a tree has multiple trunks, these are not tightly joined together as is the case with branches. This causes a weak spot where they are attached. As the trunks get bigger and heavier, this can be a concern, as the second trunk can topple and injure someone. There are times this second trunk can be supported and saved, and there are times it needs to be removed. Check with an arborist or tree removal service for your options.

Tree Removal

While it’s never a happy thought to have to remove an old, beautiful tree from your property, there will come a time that it must be done. Before cutting down the tree yourself, remember to check with your local government to see if the tree is one that is protected by law.

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