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3 Signs That Tree Needs To Come Down

by Sheila Vasquez

Healthy trees can create a gorgeous landscape in your yard while also providing ample amounts of shade. Unfortunately, there comes a time in every tree's life when removal is the best course of action. Here are three signs that tree needs to be removed, and why you won't regret replacing that dated tree with a new sapling. 

1.    The Size and Shape Are Out of Control Over the years, your tree may have been pruned multiple times—or left on its own to grow out of control. Either way, trees can end up being strange shapes or growing much taller than they should be allowed to grow, which can interfere with everything from the aesthetics of your property to the safety of your home. 

Improperly pruned trees can have unnatural, dramatic shapes, and trees that have been allowed to grow continuously could pose problems with local power lines and other overhead structures. 

If you have a tree that doesn't look like it was pruned properly or has grown large enough to interfere with its surroundings, consider having it removed. By replacing that tree with a new variety, you can enjoy watching a new tree grow, while also protecting your land.  

2.    You Notice Visible Damage Pest infestations, fungus, improper pruning, and physical trauma can damage trees, causing issues that impact the overall tree health. If any of these issues are present, the bark of that tree may appear damaged or infected, which could actually impact the total health of the tree and the health of surrounding plants. 

Since many tree diseases and infestations can spread, it is worth your while to remove trees that have been impacted by outside factors. Talk with an arborist about the health of your tree if you aren't sure about its overall health, and if it can't be saved, have it cut down. 

3.    Lack of Budding and Foliage Sometimes, trees don't have visible damage or limbs that are growing out of control, but they aren't thriving either. If the tree isn't receiving enough water, nutrients, or sunlight, it may not be budding or creating leaves like it should, which could be a sign it is on its way out. 

Pay attention to how your trees bud and leaf in the spring, and talk with an expert if you notice one tree falling behind its peers. 

Remember, if you spot trees on your property that have passed their prime, resist the urge to cut them down on your own. While it may appear simple, tree removal is more difficult than most people suspect and should always be handled by a trained professional with the right equipment. For more information, reach out to companies like Arborcare Tree Service.