Six Signs That It’s Time to Remove Your Tree

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Independent Tree_03242015_0089While it is hard to say goodbye to a tree that has been on your property for years, sometimes the circumstances require a tree to be removed in order to protect your home.

Is the Tree a Safety Risk?

The following are some tell-tale signs that a tree should be removed. Of course, when determining whether or not to remove a tree, we advise that you always consult a certified arborist or professional tree company. The experts can best determine whether your tree is posing a safety risk and should be removed.

1. The Tree is Leaning

A leaning tree can be the surest sign that it is at risk for falling. Find a spot in your yard that provides a full view of your tree to best assess whether your tree is leaning. If you do not remember your tree having a natural lean, a new lean may indicate that the tree is dying, that the ground around the tree is no longer supporting it, or that the roots have been damaged and can no longer hold the tree upright.

2. Decaying Roots

Are the roots of your tree showing visible signs of decay? Decaying or rotted roots are evidence that the tree’s structural support is damaged.

3. Storm Damage

If your trees recently endured a strong storm, they may have suffered significant damage. High winds, heavy snow or ice loads, or lightning can all result in tree damage.

Keep in mind that storm damage to trees is not always visible from the ground. For example, large, heavy branches high in the tree’s canopy may be loose and at risk of falling. Because of this, it is best to have your storm-damaged trees assessed by a professional.

4. Fungus

Fungus on your trees will be visible in mushroom-like spores and soft bark. If fungus is not recognized and treated in time, the damage to the health of your tree may be severe.

5. Odd Shape

Has your tree taken on a peculiar structure? This can be caused by a severe storm or improper pruning. An odd shape can indicate potential damage to the strength of the tree’s foundation.

6. Close Proximity to Your Home

A good rule of thumb is that large trees should be planted at least 15-20 feet away from your home. If they are planted any closer, the tree’s roots can cause damage to your home’s foundation. There is also the heightened risk of a tree branch, or the tree itself, falling on your home, and branches damaging siding, gutters, roofing or windows.

Making the Call

The professionals at Independent Tree can help you make the tough decision of whether or not to remove a tree from your property. Sometimes, a tree can be saved with proper pruning, cabling or bracing to support the branches, or treatments to improve its overall health. But in other situations, tree removal is the only reasonable option.

Call today for a consultation with one of our ISA Certified Arborists.



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