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Identifying Signs That A Tree Should Be Removed

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If you see a tree on your property that is obviously dead and looks as though it could topple over at any minute, then you probably know that you should invest in tree removal. However, it is rarely this easy to determine whether or not full removal should take place instead of a tree trimming. Fortunately, there are some signs that a tree should be removed. Keep reading to learn about a few.

The Tree Has Undesirable Characteristics

If you have a wide variety of natural trees on your property that have been growing for decades, then you probably did not choose the trees. If this is the case and you think that some or a few trees should be removed, then consider getting rid of trees that have undesirable characteristics. These characteristics include weak limbs, shallow roots that interfere with driveways and greenery growth, and ones that release too much debris. Also, trees that are susceptible to insect infestations and diseases possibly should be removed too.

Willow trees are weak trees that also release a lot of debris, and cottonwood trees are weak as well. Birch and poplar trees have shallow roots that may cause an issue, and so do evergreen trees. Maple and elm trees are susceptible to diseases, and ash, poplar, maple, birch, and apple trees are likely to become infested with insects. These trees may be ones that you should remove, especially if there is a sign of deterioration or infestation that is already noted. 

However, you should also note whether one of the trees on your property is considered desirable or not, because you may want to allow these trees to continue to grow. Black locust, mulberry, empress, pear, and cherry trees are a few examples of trees with desirable characteristics that include deep roots and hard wood. 

The Tree Has Trunk Damage

Sometimes, excessive weight along the canopy of the tree can cause the trunk to break or crack. This is also a common occurrence due to trauma or weather-related incidents. Not only will the damage indicate that the tree has been weakened, but the type of crack may also indicate that the tree is starting to rot or decay internally. Old wounds that have not healed, vertical breaks, and the presence of widespread cracks that extend through the bark of the tree are all signs of decay. You may want to think about removing a tree with these decay indications. This is also true if you see trunk deterioration and a great deal of dead branches. This likely means that the cracks have formed due to the dead tissues of the tree drying out. 

Also, if a substantial amount of the trunk has been damaged, then it may not be able to heal itself. If you see that more than 25% of the circumference of the tree and bark is damaged in one area, then it may not be able to heal on its own. Make sure to watch the tree to see if it heals if you think the damage is around the 25% mark. Healing will be noted with new tissues that extend inward from the crack or break. In some cases, it can take years for the tree to heal itself, so do not be surprised if the wound does not close quickly.

You also should not panic if you notice that the inside of the tree is hollow when investigating trunk cracks that are beginning to heal. Hollow trees can remain alive for many years, especially if they are hardwood varieties. The nutrients and water that feed the tree move through the bark and the outermost layers of the tree tissues, not the middle parts of the tree. However, if a hollow tree is unstable, that could create a dangerous situation.

Trees sometimes need to be removed, and trees with undesirable traits and ones with trunk damage may indicate that a removal should occur. Contact your tree trimming specialist for a professional opinion on whether or not a tree should be removed, pruned, or left alone. Visit websites like for more information.