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Removing a tree from your property can change the look of your landscaping. Trees provide shade, beautify a yard, and boost curb appeal. If they become a hazard, they need to be removed. Here are some important things to know about tree removal.

When to Remove a Tree

There are a number of factors that could require the removal of the tree. A basic rule of thumb is that if the tree poses a threat to a person or property, it should be taken down. A tree should be removed if it is diseased, dying, or dead. Unhealthy and dead trees are more likely to fall if put under stress during a storm. Even small trees can cause damage, so call a professional to remove a tree from your property if it isn’t healthy.

A tree previously damaged in a storm is a prime candidate for removal even if it is still alive. Because it isn’t as strong as it once was, this kind of tree is likely to experience further damage when faced with heavy winds or snow and ice.  A tree that has lost limbs in the past won’t be as well-balanced and stable as a healthy, undamaged tree.

If the tree is close to the house, there is a risk that limbs could fall and damage your home. It’s better if the tree comes down on your terms rather than falling in a storm. If you are unsure about a specific tree on your property, contact an arborist who can offer a professional opinion.

Signs a Tree is Dead or Dying

It is common for homeowners to remove a tree because it is dead or dying. Look for signs that a tree is no longer healthy:

  • Large amounts of bark that are peeling
  • Portions of the tree are rotting
  • Branches that frequently break
  • Fungus growth at the base can mean the tree has internal damage and rot

Less obvious signs include branches and leaves dying and a general lean to the tree. A lack of buds also indicates that the tree isn’t healthy. In advanced cases, it’s pretty easy to spot a tree that is not doing well, but trees with minor issues will often still appear green and lush. It may be easy to miss the signs that something is wrong.

A tree leans when its roots are damaged or have died and is no securely longer anchored in the ground. This is a warning sign the tree is weakened and may fall, damaging property nearby. If a tree is leaning and especially if you can see exposed roots, it’s time to have it removed.

If you have doubts that a tree is diseased, dying, or already dead, contact an arborist. A professional will know what to look for. He or she will inspect the tree and can safely remove it if the tree is unhealthy.

Tackling Tree Removal on Your Own

If the tree is of a height that any portion of it would cause damage if it fell, do not remove the tree yourself. Without knowledge and experience, this project is dangerous. If there is a tree on your property that needs to be taken down, call a licensed professional who has the equipment, knowledge, and expertise to do it right.

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