5 Signs Your Tree Needs to Be Removed

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As a homeowner, there may be a time when you have to have a tree removed from your yard. This could be because of a risk to your home, a risk to your vehicle, or just for a safety reason so no one gets seriously injured when it falls. For sick or dying trees, having them removed may be the best option. It is important to know what to look for when deciding if a tree needs to be removed.

Signs Your Tree Needs to Be Removed

1. It has one or more large cavities in the trunk or scaffold branches. 

A large cavity indicates weakness in the tree. The cavity creates even more of a risk, because not only is the tree already weak, the cavity just causes further strength issues.

2. The bark is peeling or chipped. 

The purpose of bark is to protect the tree from damage. Trees go through multiple layers of bark during their life, shedding one and getting a new layer. If your tree has large sections of the tree that have no bark, though, it is a sign of weakness or damage. Sometimes this is an indication that a tree needs to be removed.

3. It is too close to your home. 

If branches are hanging right overtop of your home, it could cause more problems than you think. While branches can be trimmed back, they might not be able to be cut far enough back to be clear of your home. This causes an issue because branches could fall on top of your home or the entire tree could topple over.

In addition, if a tree is too close to your home, animals could get onto your roof and into your attic. Racoons often look for shelter in attics and climb trees to get there.

4. Dead or hanging branches are seen in the crown.

Just like cavities in the trunk, dead or hanging branches show a weakness in the tree. During a storm, it is normal for a tree to lose a couple of branches. What is not normal, however, is a tree that is shedding many branches. If the tree is losing branches when there is no storm or high winds, you may have to have the tree removed.

5. Twigs are not producing buds in the spring. 

Each year after a tree’s dormant stage is over, it should begin producing buds on the twigs. This normally happens in the spring time. If the rest of your trees have begun getting buds but one tree has not, it could indicate an issue with your tree.

Final Thoughts on Signs Your Tree Needs to Be Removed

If you have trees on your property, it is important to watch for signs that the tree needs to be removed. By removing the trees, you are protecting your home and car from damage. You are also protecting anyone who comes near the tree including yourself, your family and neighbors, and any other people passing by. When a tree falls, the timing is unpredictable. It is best to play it safe and get that tree removed as soon as it begins to show the signs.