It’s unfortunate when a beloved part of your garden or backyard starts to die. If the tree has been around for a long time, you may develop an attachment to it, and sentiment is something that makes it all the harder to have it removed from your home. However, if said tree isn’t safe for whatever reason, the most common concern being due to structural defects, it must be removed. It is one thing if a tree on your property is dying, but if it proves hazardous to humans and/or causes damage to your property, it is time to have it removed from your home entirely. That being said, it can be difficult to gauge when a beloved tree presents a safety concern. How do you know when you need a tree removed? The following tips will provide you with the knowledge and insight to know when the time is right.
Does the tree have any existing trunk damage?
Trunk damage is one sign that a tree needs to be removed as soon as possible. Some of the signs that a tree is on its way out are clear. There will be visible vertical cracks on the trunks as well as seams, dead branch stubs, and significant older wounds. These large wounds suggest that there is internal decay going on inside the tree itself. If the damaged area of the tree is more than 25%, it probably indicates that the tree won’t be able to heal as it has suffered permanent, irreversible damage.
How healthy is the tree overall?
If the tree is more than 50% damaged, it will likely not be able to heal. In this case, it should be removed.
How can you evaluate your tree’s health?
If a tree has lost its ability to be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and has branches which are hanging or are dead, it’s in need of some attention and care. You need to either prune it or have it removed. Hanging or dead branches have a tendency to fall down during heavy winds.. These branches can slip onto your roof and cost you thousands of dollars in roof repair.
Take into consideration where the tree is located.
Is this tree close to your home? Is it close enough that its branches are in contact with your siding? Dead tree branches can promote mold growth and thus potentially damage the siding. The tree can also block the sun from reaching a portion of your home, causing mold to develop–another costly issue to fix.
How can pruning help to keep your tree healthy, alive, and looking beautiful?
When you prune your tree, you are doing far more than just making it look good. Pruning the trees around your home helps to ensure the health of the tree and keep your family safe from hazardous branches. Trees are required to be pruned or trimmed on a regular basis. This is a vital part of yard maintenance and overall home upkeep.