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Signs That the Old Tree in Your Yard Needs to Go ASAP

Old trees lend your yard a certain natural elegance. However, when you notice an aging tree on your property is declining in health and appearance, it is time to take action. By the time a tree is noticeably advanced in poor condition, you will probably need to have it taken down. Here are some signs to watch for that could indicate your tree needs to be removed.

Signs That the Old Tree in Your Yard Needs to Go ASAP


When a tree’s leaves are not the color they should be, that is generally a sign of poor health or overall deterioration. Leaves that should be green but appear brown, dry, or shriveled may indicate a problem. The tree limbs or trunk sections that turn greenish in color could signify the presence of mold, which although treatable, may have caused too much damage to save the tree. A lighter than normal trunk could suggest the tree is not absorbing enough water or making adequate chlorophyll. Spots on the trunk or branches might be signs of insect infestation. Holes could be openings for wildlife refuge. Evaluate the degree to which any or several of these examples might be killing your tree.

Damaged Foliage

When a tree’s foliage thins with each year, or when leaves turn unusual colors during the growing season, that may suggest a problem with the tree. Leaves that wither too quickly or blow off the tree very easily may also reveal health issues for the tree.

Misshapen Trunk

Some tree varieties grow in naturally twisted configurations. Others become bowed or scraggly looking while remaining perfectly healthy. But a tree that has been growing straight for years and suddenly develops hanging branches or a trunk that becomes distorted for an unknown reason might be due to an undiagnosed problem. This could especially be the case if the trunk appears to be shedding bark or showing other signs of distress that are not usual for the species.

Shifting Position

A tree that becomes tilted or bent due to years of harsh weather or soil erosion may also begin to expose its roots. Depending on the age of the tree and the extent of the problem, it could be fixable. But in many cases, symptoms of that kind suggest the tree should be removed.

If you’ve noticed any of these issues with trees in your yard, contact a professional tree care services company for an expert diagnosis. They can advise you about what is happening with your tree and provide an estimate for removing it if necessary. Grinding the stump, removing or killing the tree’s roots, and hauling away the wood chips and fallen tree are additional services that may be helpful.

Don’t let a dying tree remain standing for long. In high winds, it could topple and injure people or damage your property. Assess the problem as soon as possible to prevent those things from happening.


Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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