7 Signs It’s Time to Remove a Tree

Trees play such a large role in our ecosystem. They’re more than just plants that provide us oxygen and shade. They’re sources of comfort and beauty. For some of us, they can even be considered part of history and/or family. As a result, it can be hard to fathom that a tree needs to be removed from the landscape unless it is showing serious physical damage that can endanger the people and property surrounding it.

Professional Arborist

Tree removals are typically a last resort. There are a lot of other options before a tree care company will choose to remove one. They might choose to opt for tree preservation which can include pruning services and tree disease management. For weak limbs or split trunks, tree experts can also choose tree cabling or bracing. All of these things are not something that you can do on your own. You’ll need a certified arborist to do the job for you because this is dangerous work, whether its tree preservation, tree cutting, stump grinding, tree stump removal, or other kinds of tree work. All of these jobs require experience and a lot of safety gear. Not to mention certain equipment such as rope for your climber and maybe even a crane. Of course, before you can call a tree service professional, you have to know whether you need tree pruning or disease management, or if it needs a more permanent solution. To help you do that, we’ve compiled a list of signs you should be on the lookout for, so that you’ll know when it’s time to call in a tree removal service company.

Leaf Discoloration

We all know what a healthy tree looks like. Abundant growth of leaves that look vibrant and healthy. But if you notice that the leaves of your tree seem to be losing their color or if they’re starting to deform, there’s a good chance that your tree might be diseased or dying. Yes, leaves do change color and fall during autumn. And it won’t be in “full bloom” again until spring. But if there’s a change in the leaf fall cycle or if there are areas in the tree where leaves are missing and no longer growing, this could signal that the tree is dying.

Leaning Branches/Tree

A tree’s overall structure and form shouldn’t change much as it grows. So when you notice that your tree is sort of leaning towards one side, then it’s time to call for a tree removal service. More so if the tree has branches leaning precariously over your house, the garage, driveway, or front yard because it poses a risk to both people and property.

Peeling Bark

It’s normal for a tree to shed bark. Bark is like the skin of the tree. Over time, the old layer dies and peels off. Underneath it will be a new layer of bark. However, if you notice that the wood underneath the old bark is brown or dry, then it’s time to call a tree expert. The same thing applies if you find a mat of fungus underneath the bark.

Hollow Trunk

A solid and strong trunk is a good indication of tree health. After all, this part of the tree is responsible for its structural integrity. It also sends water and nutrients from the roots to the branches and leaves. When the trunk of your tree becomes hollow or shows signs of decay, it can cause the branches to fall off. Clearing away dead tree branches would not be enough. A hollow trunk can be a hazard; it makes the tree more vulnerable to storm damage. Take note that not all hollow trees need to be cut down. This is why a homeowner should request the service of a professional tree care company to determine the right solution to the problem.

Root problems

There’s no question that if there’s something wrong with the roots of your tree, then you have a problem. The roots are responsible for absorbing all the water and nutrients that a tree needs to survive and stay healthy. For example, root decay is typically a clear indication that you will need to hire tree removal services. If fungus has coated or invaded the roots of a tree, you’re going to need a tree surgeon who will be able to assess the damage and determine whether your tree can be salvaged or needs to be let go. Of course, you’ll need to know the signs of root rot in order to call in a professional. These include dead branches, rapid deterioration in appearance, yellow or pale green leaves, and stunted growth. Fungi growing near the base of the tree is also a good indication of the presence of a root disease or internal rot.


Take note that fungus and decay are not the only problems you can encounter when it comes to roots. When the roots of your tree are growing too close to the foundation of your home or a building, you will also need to call a tree removal company because the roots of a tree can easily damage the foundation of a building as well as underground pipes.

Storm Damage

A tree damaged in a storm is a common occurrence. Whether it’s repairable or not should be determined by a tree service company. In some cases, you may only need to get the branches or limbs pruned. However, if the roots have been compromised or the main trunk is too damaged, then the tree will have to be removed permanently. Once a tree is uprooted or too damaged, the chances of it falling and causing property damage is high. That’s not even considering the amount of damage a falling tree can cause to a person.

Sub-par Location

Poor health and extensive damage are not the only reasons why tree removal is performed. In some cases, the location of the tree needs to be removed or relocated. Experts recommend that you should plant a tree at least six feet away from your house if it’s small. Large trees, on the other hand, should be at least 20 feet away from your house. You don’t want your tree to grow so close to your home because overhanging branches can cause property damage. At the same time, you also don’t want to place your tree so near the sidewalk where most power lines are. It’s possible that the tree can become entangled with the overhead wires which can be hazardous for you, your home, and your neighbors.

Schedule an Inspection

It’s important that you call a company that provides tree care services whenever you spot a problem with a tree/s in your property. Schedule an inspection and let the professionals decide what your trees need. Of course, not just any tree service business will do. Look for one that employs professionals certified by the International Society of Arboriculture and utilizes a tree service business management software. You’ll want someone with experience, equipment, and the time to properly assess the health of your tree. More importantly, you’ll want someone who will make the right decision for your tree and your family.

Written by Erin Porteous

For the past ten years Erin Porteous enjoyed the freedom of being an independent purveyor of creative services. I specialize in crafting and producing scripts for radio and TV commercials for businesses of all sizes. Moving into the web past 2 years I've been part of LR family driven by a passion for finding simple solutions to complex problems.

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