How To Decide When A Tree Needs To Be Removed

When a tree on your property develops some problems, it is mostly hard to decide when to have the tree removed.

During the process of deciding if a tree removal needs to be done, there are questions that need to be addressed as well as weighing the advantages and disadvantages.


Is the tree a desirable species?

Some undesirable ones include Siberian elm (shown below), black locust, mulberry, box elder, poplars, Norway maple, Bradford pear, mimosa, tree of heaven, willows and empress tree. Characteristics making them undesirable include a weak wood that is prone to repeated breakage, shallow roots, large debris or insect infestation.


How damaged is the tree?

If the damage is fifty percent, it should probably be removed. Even though a tree in decline can survive for years, it will always have that abnormal appearance and growth.


Is there damage in its trunk?

Seams, vertical cracks, older wounds and dead branch stubs indicate internal decay. Severe damage means removal. When the damage is less than twenty-five percent of the trunk’s circumference, the wound can slowly heal over time with no permanent injuries resulting from it.


Is the tree already hollow?

If one-third of the tree’s interior is rotten or hollow, it should probably be removed.


Are there big dead tree branches?

When less than twenty-five percent of the branches are damaged, the tree may survive. Rubbing or crossed branches should be eliminated.


Has there been any excavation causing root damage?

When fifty percent of its root system is badly damaged, it should probably be removed.


Is the tree already leaning?

When it is leaning fifteen percent and more, it should probably be removed.


What is the environment like for the tree?

This is another crucial factor if tree removal is needed. Trees that grow near bodies of water or on rock ledges usually have shallow roots. Trees which are removed nearby is common after recent construction. Trees suddenly exposed to the sun get really stressed due to sudden exposure. Trees which are spared from the removal during construction mostly die after 3 to 5 years.


These are just a few of the questions to consider. There are many more, and when in doubt, ask advice from a tree services company.

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