How to Know if Your Trees Need to Be Removed

Trees are a beautiful and important part of nature. Most homeowners who move into their homes wish to keep the trees on their property alive and healthy if possible. However, keeping a tree when it is close to death or when it compromises your family’s safety isn’t ideal. It can be hard to tell whether a tree can be saved, or if it needs to be removed. Here are a few signs to look for when deciding if you want to keep your tree or have it professionally removed.

Hollow Trunk

It’s okay for there to be hollow spots in a large tree. However, the overall structure of the tree can be compromised when the hollow portion of the tree gets too big. It’s true that as the size of the hollow increases, the likelihood of failure increases; however, it is not a foregone conclusion that a hollow tree automatically must be removed.

Unusual Amount of Fungus

While the occasional mushroom is not abnormal to be on or near trees, any mushroom could be a concern. This can sometimes be a signal that the tree trunk is experiencing some rot in the areas of fungal growth.

Power Lines and Plumbing

Some trees on your property may have sprouted naturally, or been planted long before installation of modern electricity and plumbing. In such cases, as the tree matures, it could begin to infiltrate areas that are occupied by power lines and pipes. Even if the tree is healthy, it may be a good idea to schedule a tree removal to avoid potential electrocution, or burst sewer lines. You may need to get an inspection as well as professional advice from your family’s plumber before making a final decision.

Undesirable or Invasive Species

You may also have invasive plants located on your property that need to be removed. Invasive species of trees can quickly take over native species of plants in the area.

Leaning Trunk

Plants above ground tend to grow towards light, which sometimes results in a leaning tree. If the lean becomes excessive, the tree roots may be leveraged right out of the ground and the tree might end up on your house. A leaning trunk could be an indication of severe root damage, especially if it is sudden rather than gradual. Leaving it in this state could cause damage to the home or potentially be hazardous to members of the household.

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