Removing a tree is not a matter to take lightly. Healthy trees can improve property value, make your space more aesthetically appealing, affect climate control and more. However, as is the case with all living things, trees can decline in health for various reasons. In some cases, they simply are not located in a good place on your property. These are some of the primary signs that may indicate the need to remove a tree. However, remember that there are instances when trimming back the tree can address your problems, and removing the entire tree may not actually be necessary.
1- Signs of Weakness
There are many signs that may indicate weakness in the tree. For example, the tree may have several large, dead branches. Bark may appear to be brittle and dry deep into the tree, which could indicate that the tree is no longer alive. There may be crevices or cavities in deep areas of the trunk that affect its integrity and strength. If you notice these or other signs of weakness, an arborist should be consulted. A weakened tree may be more likely to splinter or to completely topple over. This creates a risk of damage to yourself, others and your property.
2- Possible Disease
If your tree is showing signs of disease, removal may be necessary. Disease may be indicated by dead limbs or even a tree that appears to be entirely dead when other trees nearby are vibrant and healthy. This is not the same as a tree that lies dormant in the winter months. You may also notice pests burrowing deep into the trunk. If you are concerned about these or other signs of disease, there is a chance that part of the tree could be saved. A consultation with an arborist can give you more information about reasonable possibilities.
3- Limbs Close to Your House
Tree limbs can always be cut back to reduce the damage that they could pose to your home. However, there are cases when the tree has simply become too large, and it is not feasible to cut back such a large portion of the tree to prevent property damage. Large tree limbs could cause roof damage, siding damage, broken windows and more. When limbs are too close to your structure, there is also an increased concern about pests and rodents finding a way into your home.
4- Plumbing Issues
While many potential signs of a tree issue are found above the ground, remember that trees take up a substantial amount of space underground as well. One of the more common issues with tree roots relates to plumbing issues. Tree roots can grow into freshwater pipes and sewer lines. When this happens, you may be faced with a very expensive plumbing repair bill. Trimming back the roots can address the problem for a short period of time, but the roots will likely grow back. After you have had even a single tree-related plumbing issue, it makes sense to consider tree removal. This could prevent additional plumbing issues from developing.
5- Foundation Concerns
Just as roots can grow into your pipes, they can grow under or around your foundation, patio, driveway and sidewalk. Under thinner pieces of concrete, such as your driveway, you may notice incredible buckling. This can be a safety issue, and it can detract from curb appeal and property value. Around your home’s foundation, roots can cause massive movement. Foundation issues can be costly to repair, and they can also affect the structure of the home. It is best to avoid planting trees close to the home as this can prevent root-related foundation damage. If you currently have trees close to your home that are affecting the foundation, they may need to be removed to prevent foundation damage.
Trees are important features on residential properties, but they are not always beneficial. Trees that are in poor condition or that are in the wrong place can be detrimental in many ways. If you believe that a tree may need to be removed, an expert opinion can be helpful. In some situations, simply trimming the tree back can properly address your concerns. The insight of a professional and experienced arborist can yield more insight about your options.