One challenge for many homeowners is determining when they need to have a tree removed on their property. Sometimes, it's easy to tell. For example, if you have a tree that's infested with some type of contagious pathogen, you'll want to remove the tree and the root system as quickly as possible to keep it from spreading. However, there are other instances when you might need to consider tree removal as well. Here are some things you should know about deciding when to remove a tree.
Is The Tree Dead Or Dying?
It is essential for you to remove a dead or dying tree as soon as possible once you've discovered it. Any time you have a tree that's dead or dying, you run a greater risk of having that tree come down in severe weather or simply due to decay. The only way to mitigate that risk is by having the tree removed right away.
If the trunk is flaking, cracked, or hollow, or you can see hollow branches and segments above you, that's a key indication that you need to have the tree removed because it is a safety hazard. Your tree removal contractor can also suggest whether or not you'll need to address the stump as well.
Has The Tree Changed Suddenly?
Trees don't change significantly without explanation. If you have a tree on your property that has suddenly started to curl, lean, or has otherwise shifted, that's an important symptom to watch for. Changes like this are an indication that there are serious issues within the tree itself, which usually means that you may have to have the tree removed.
Is The Tree Growing Abnormally?
A tree that's growing thin, insufficient, short, or otherwise abnormally, you'll want to have a tree removal contractor inspect it for signs that it needs to be removed. Sometimes, these growth problems occur as a result of genetic issues, while other situations indicate that there's a problem with the soil's nutrient content. You can't adequately determine which one is the cause without testing your soil or having a tree removal contractor assess the tree for you.
No matter what the indication may be, any signs that your tree is unhealthy, potentially dangerous, or otherwise at risk should be cause for concern. Reach out to a local tree removal service for more information or to have the trees on your property inspected to make sure that they are structurally sound.