Reasons for Removing That Tree in Your Yard
Most of us have a soft spot for trees, especially those that grow in our yard. They’re pleasing to the eye, they provide welcome shade, and they offer glorious contrast through the four seasons. They also serve as homes for wildlife. Yet, often there comes a time in the life of a tree when, because of disease or damage, it needs to be removed. When that’s the case, the decision to do so can be emotional. When do you know when it’s time to call a professional tree removal service?
The short, simple answer is: before it’s too late. But what are the top reasons for tree removal?
Obvious Reasons for Tree Removal
- The tree is dead. Dead trees pose a hazard, and they should be removed as soon as possible.
- The tree is diseased. Look for signs that its branches are dying back, especially at the top. You can also look for signs of decay on its trunk.
- The tree was damaged in a storm. While sometimes we can save a damaged tree, often it must be removed.
- The tree is leaning and could fall, damaging your home, garage, patio, sidewalk, or other parts of your property.
- The tree is growing too close to your home or garage, or too close to the utility lines. In this case, trees are often removed to prevent a fall that would snap the lines, disrupting power or service to many other customers in the area.
Less Obvious Reasons for Tree Removal
- You’re planning construction or renovations that will damage your tree or its root system beyond repair.
- Disease or insect infestation affects a tree on your property and could easily spread to—and threaten—your other trees. A familiar example in our area is the emerald ash borer, which preys on both ash and elms. If found in one tree, it can easily spread to others nearby.
- Structural damage or decay has occurred, and your tree is no longer thriving.
- The tree has formed a bad crotch in the upper trunk, or you notice cracks in the main trunk or large limbs.
- You have too many trees on your property—and they can’t thrive or grow properly because of overcrowding. Trees’ root systems need to be able to spread to sustain each tree properly.
On a final note, you should hire a professional tree removal service to remove your tree when the time comes. Tree work can be complex and a mistake can be costly. Look for a tree service that serves your area and choose one led by a certified arborist. You should also ensure that the service is licensed, bonded, and insured, and that its staff will be responsive to your questions and concerns.
Advanced Tree Care combines top-notch equipment, cutting-edge technology, and well-trained staff to provide emergency tree removal and tree maintenance services. With a presence in nine counties and two states, we work daily to provide unparalleled customer service, safety, and efficiency—as well as the expertise to beautify your landscaping and community. Advanced Tree Care isn’t just our name—it’s also our purpose!