When is the right time to remove a tree?- Ten Signs to Watch Out

Trees are the “Green Gold of Nature” and are a great benefit to our Mother Earth. They provide numerous benefits to mankind and the environment and also add beauty to the landscape. Right from shade, fruits, timber, gum, latex, medicinal products, and many more, trees help the environment by reducing noise, air, and soil pollution, prevents soil erosion, prevents floods, protect ozone layer and prevent glaciers from melting, Their presence in the vicinity of our houses makes a physical, mental and emotional attachment with them. They have a long life span from fifty to thousand years. They act as a shield of protection to our property. They are part of the family. Deciding to remove them can be extremely painful, but when any tree poses risk to the people and the property, it is always better to leave its fate in the hands of a professional arborist like Al Miey Tree Service.

It is the right time to remove a tree if you watch the following signs:

1)    Signs of Infection on any part of the tree:  Splits in the tree’s bark, crown dieback, discolored or misshapen leaves, crumbly wood, and fungus presence are the signs of infection on the tree. Holes on the branches or leaves, woodpeckers feeding heavily on the tree and feeding galleries tell you that there some unwanted pests on the tree.

2)    Presence of a large number of dead branches: If you observe almost of 50% of the dead branches and trunk on the tree, then it is always safe to remove the tree lest it should fall and cause damage.

3)    If there are signs of weak health: This is one most important single factor that decides whether you should remove the tree or not. Thin leaves, discolored foliage and stunted growth are the indicators of poor health. A professional arborist like Al Miey Tree Service can diagnose the real reason behind this.

4)    Root defects: Heaving soil, termites or fungi growing near the tree base tells that roots of the trees are infected.

5)    Decayed trunk: Cracks, wounds, splits are the signs of internal decay of the tree even if the tree seems surviving. Trees with multiple trunks (or leaders) usually develop this problem.

6)    Hollow Trunk: If the tree has a hollow trunk or is rotten from inside, should be removed.

7)    Leaning trees: Trees that have leaned suddenly may be hazardous.

8)    Sprouts at the tree base: Spouts on the base of the trees are called epicormic shoots and indicate that the tree needs nourishment.

9)    A tree under power lines: A tree that grows under the power lines can be dangerous and needs to be removed by a professional.

10)    Tree over the roof of the house: A tree should be 20 feet away from the structure. A tree which comes over the roof or too close to the house should be pruned or removed.