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How to Know When a Tree Needs Removing or Just a Trim

Getting rid of a tree that has been in your yard since you purchased your home is never easy. However, there are times when a tree needs to be removed to improve your landscape and protect your home and family’s health and well-being. Here are some ways to know if a tree needs to be removed or just trimmed.

How to Know When a Tree Needs Removing or Just a Trim

Dead Leaves and Bark

A tree will show signs of disease, including dead leaves and dead bark. Some diseases are manageable, only requiring you to trim the affected portions in order for the rest of the tree to live a healthy life. However, if the infection is severe, it affects every part of the tree and weakens it overall, making it more likely to fall or lose large limbs. If it’s possible, you may still be able to salvage the tree even if that means cutting away large portions. Otherwise, if there’s nothing else to be done, you will need to consider cutting down the tree.

Dead Tree Branches

Some dead tree branches are just part of the tree’s growth cycle. Trimming these dead branches keeps your tree healthy and strong. However, if it feels like you are spending all your time trimming dead branches from your tree, this is a bad sign. More significant dead components close to the crown of the dying tree are hazardous as these can fall without warning, which could injure anyone passing under. Generally, if more than about 50% of the tree is in bad condition, it’s time to cut it down.

Storm Damage

Storm damage can wreak havoc on trees. Depending on the extent, it may or may not be salvageable. Minor damage may require you to prune off the damaged portions. However, if a storm damages most of the tree or you don’t like how a tree looks after you have pruned it, you may decide that contacting a local tree removal service is in your best interests.

No New Green Life

If your tree does not have any new visible growth, it is probably not faring well. Browning leaves, a sick-looking trunk, and brittle branches are indications that a tree is beyond help. Compare the tree to other ones on your property. How does its health compare with the other trees? If the other trees are thriving and healthy while this one is dying, removing the dying tree may be your only choice.

It can be hard to say goodbye to a tree that has been a fixture in your yard for decades. A tree removal expert or a professional arborist can help you determine when a tree needs to be removed and the steps to accomplish the task.


Author Bio:  Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max

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