5 Signs That It’s Time to Get Rid of Your Favorite Tree

Letting go is always hard, especially as it pertains to things that have been around for a long time. However, sometimes it’s the right thing to do, even if it means cutting down the hundred-year-old tree in your backyard that your great-grandparents planted.

Old and tall trees are nature’s marvelous wonders and add a touch of beauty to your home, but they can also become hazards. Here’s a simple guide on how to know when to get rid of that big tree.

Overgrown Trees Can Be Dangerous

Despite the variety of benefits trees provide, like delicious shade and yummy fruit, sometimes the cons outweigh the pros.

Here are five reasons to consider chopping it down:

  1. A hollowed-out old tree can snap and come crashing down on your property or family.
  2. Harsh weather conditions such as strong winds can make a tree’s branches and boughs dangerous projectiles.
  3. A tree’s roots can grow into the foundation of your house, damaging the structure or water pipe system of your home.
  4. A damaged tree is more susceptible to infestation and disease, bringing all kinds of pests and rodents to come make a home in the roots.
  5. Cutting down decaying, overgrown trees yourself can lead to accidents or getting crushed.

When Do I Know That A Tree Has to Come Down?

Your tree will start showing signs of stress or decay, and it may be telling you that it’s time for it to retire. Here are five signs that your tree needs to come down:

  • Dead or breaking branches – A few dead branches don’t necessarily mean your whole tree is dead, but if more than 60% of your tree is dried-out empty boughs, it is probably sick and will require removal.
  • A heavy lean: Most trees grow slightly at an angle, but if your normally straight tree has a sudden lean to it, the inner structure is most likely deteriorating and could fall at any time.
  • Roots: When a tree’s roots are exposed, it’s usually a sign that the tree is distressed and finding it hard to exist in its current soil. Exposed roots also become hazards for passersby.
  • Fungus: Moss or lichen on the tree bark is not an issue. The thing to keep an eye out for is fungus or mushrooms, which indicate that there’s decay or disease inside the tree.
  • Shoots: Little branches or leaves at the base of your tree indicate that there’s something wrong with the tree and that it might need removal soon.

Don’t DIY, Leave It To Us

Here at Arborworks, we do not recommend homeowners taking on tree removal on their own. You need the right tools and experience to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you and to effectively remove the tree. Going about this process incorrectly can be fatal or ineffective, causing more damage than just leaving the tree be.

At Arborworks, we have state-of-the-art equipment and trained technicians that know how to handle the removal of any overgrown or old tree. If you have a tree that needs removal, contact us at 1-866-936-8733 for a consultation today!


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