Making the decision to remove a tree on your property can be difficult. But in some cases, tree removal becomes necessary for safety or liability reasons. This guide covers 25 signs that your tree may require removal by a professional tree service company.
- The tree is leaning heavily to one side. A leaning tree will eventually fall, especially with weather stress like wind or heavy rain.
- The tree is bothering you by blocking desired views, invading the space over your home, or dropping litter and debris like berries or sap.
- Dead branches or limbs are visible throughout the tree’s canopy. Dead limbs are vulnerable to breaking off and falling.
- Mushrooms or fungus are growing on the bark, indicating advanced decay within the trunk. This weakens structural integrity.
- You suspect the tree is completely dead. Dead trees become brittle and unstable over time.
- There are large cracks or splits in the trunk or major limbs. Cracks allow moisture inside, promoting rot and pests.
- Significant portions of the root system are damaged or compromised through digging, trenching, or soil erosion. This destabilizes the tree.
- The tree is stunted, sparse, or not putting on new growth. A weak or declining tree will continue to deteriorate.
- There is obvious evidence the tree is unhealthy or damaged, such as dying leaves, rotten spots, or bark falling off.
- The tree poses a potential threat to nearby power lines, buildings, vehicles, or people if it were to fall.
- The species of tree is unsuitable for its location, such as a large oak under utility wires. Proper species selection reduces risk.
- There are hollows or cavities in the main trunk. The structural integrity is compromised.
- Branches frequently break off and fall from the tree. Each failure weakens the tree further.
- Existing storm damage like a partially uprooted tree or split trunk puts the tree at risk of further failure.
- Evidence of insect infestation exists including frass, sap dripping, or exit holes. Pests accelerate decline.
- Poor branch attachments increase likelihood branches will break off in storms or high winds. Target these trees.
- Large dead branches are dangling precariously among the healthy branches. They should be pruned by a professional.
- Branches are brittle and break easily. The tree may struggle to support added weight like snow or ice buildup.
- Falling limbs or debris like pine cones or fruit have already caused property damage. Further impacts are likely.
- Sections of bark are detaching from the trunk. Advanced decay causes bark to loosen and fall off.
- Surface roots are beginning to push up through the soil. They can crack nearby pavement or make mowing difficult.
- There is a visible hollow at the base of the main trunk indicating internal rot. The tree is unstable.
Don’t wait until it’s too late – schedule an inspection today if you suspect your tree is declining. Tree removal protects your property from damage and liability. Visit our Tree Service Directory to connect with tree companies in your area for estimates. Work only with licensed and insured professionals for full tree removal.