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Trees become unhealthy or hazardous for any number of reasons. We list someof the most common reasons a tree may need to be removed on our tree removal page.

But how do you know that a tree has sustained too much damage, becomeovergrown, or caught a disease that necessitates removal? In this blog, we list10 warning signs that you might need to remove a tree.

1. Bark Damage

Examine your tree's bark. Does the bark appear even on all or most of thetree? Do you see sections of chipped, peeling, or deformed bark? Missing orwarped bark can indicate impact damage or disease.

2. Crowded Branches

Branches that are lopsided, crowded together, or crossed closely over eachother can inhibit tree growth. In many cases, pruning can resolve the issue.But if crowding persists, the tree could become hazardous unless removed.

3. Dead Branches High in the Crown

When you start to notice hanging or falling branches, it may be too late tosave the tree. Dead branches are particularly dangerous and worrisome if theycome from the tallest portion, known as the crown, or if dead branches make up25% of total branches.

4. Extensive Trunk Damage

Your trees rely on strong trunks to weather storms, disease, and otherdamage. If you notice cracks or hollows in the trunk, the tree may becomeunstable.

5. Fungal Growths

Fungal growth usually indicates the presence of decay. If you noticemushrooms or other fungi species, especially near the tree's roots, have aprofessional assess the tree's condition. While not all fungal growths point torot, mushrooms at the base of your tree can hint that the roots have decayedand left the tree unstable.

6. Heaving Soil Under the Canopy

Exposed roots can become damaged, and misshapen roots can cause damage tofoundations, plumbing, and sidewalks. If you notice heaving soil near thetree's base or anywhere beneath its branches, have an arborist take a look.

7. New Branches Low on the Trunk

If you notice sprouts, twigs, or new branches below the rest of the canopy,consider asking a tree expert to evaluate the tree's health. These new growthsoften mean the tree has undergone significant stress.

8. Pervasive Disease

Many tree diseases appear visible to even casual observers. If you look atyour tree and notice any of the signs of disease listed above, such asmushrooms or missing bark, spread over half or more of the tree, plan for aremoval.

9. Tilted Positioning

Some of the most hazardous trees are those which tip over. Unless thetipping happens during a storm, you will first notice a tilt in the tree'sposition. Tilting may occur when the roots become damaged or pulled up on oneside. Generally, these trees require immediate removal.

10. Unsafe Proximity to Structures

Trees beautify your property, but they can also damage it. If your tree doesnot have room to grow between its branches and your home, power lines, orfencing, it may pose a threat to those structures. Not only can branches warpstructures, but they can also encourage pest infestations since branches that touchyour home provide easy access.


If you notice any combination of the warning signs listed above, have anarborist from Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. evaluate the health andstructural integrity of your tree. Only an experienced tree expert can tellwhether you can salvage the tree through efforts like strategic pruning or ifthe tree's condition warrants removal.

As you work to keep your property beautiful and your trees growing tall,watch for any of the signs listed above.

Blog: Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. > 10 Signs That You Should Remove a Tree Text

10 Signs That You Should Remove a Tree Text

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Trees become unhealthy or hazardous for any number of reasons. We list someof the most common reasons a tree may need to be removed on our tree removal page.

But how do you know that a tree has sustained too much damage, becomeovergrown, or caught a disease that necessitates removal? In this blog, we list10 warning signs that you might need to remove a tree.

1. Bark Damage

Examine your tree's bark. Does the bark appear even on all or most of thetree? Do you see sections of chipped, peeling, or deformed bark? Missing orwarped bark can indicate impact damage or disease.

2. Crowded Branches

Branches that are lopsided, crowded together, or crossed closely over eachother can inhibit tree growth. In many cases, pruning can resolve the issue.But if crowding persists, the tree could become hazardous unless removed.

3. Dead Branches High in the Crown

When you start to notice hanging or falling branches, it may be too late tosave the tree. Dead branches are particularly dangerous and worrisome if theycome from the tallest portion, known as the crown, or if dead branches make up25% of total branches.

4. Extensive Trunk Damage

Your trees rely on strong trunks to weather storms, disease, and otherdamage. If you notice cracks or hollows in the trunk, the tree may becomeunstable.

5. Fungal Growths

Fungal growth usually indicates the presence of decay. If you noticemushrooms or other fungi species, especially near the tree's roots, have aprofessional assess the tree's condition. While not all fungal growths point torot, mushrooms at the base of your tree can hint that the roots have decayedand left the tree unstable.

6. Heaving Soil Under the Canopy

Exposed roots can become damaged, and misshapen roots can cause damage tofoundations, plumbing, and sidewalks. If you notice heaving soil near thetree's base or anywhere beneath its branches, have an arborist take a look.

7. New Branches Low on the Trunk

If you notice sprouts, twigs, or new branches below the rest of the canopy,consider asking a tree expert to evaluate the tree's health. These new growthsoften mean the tree has undergone significant stress.

8. Pervasive Disease

Many tree diseases appear visible to even casual observers. If you look atyour tree and notice any of the signs of disease listed above, such asmushrooms or missing bark, spread over half or more of the tree, plan for aremoval.

9. Tilted Positioning

Some of the most hazardous trees are those which tip over. Unless thetipping happens during a storm, you will first notice a tilt in the tree'sposition. Tilting may occur when the roots become damaged or pulled up on oneside. Generally, these trees require immediate removal.

10. Unsafe Proximity to Structures

Trees beautify your property, but they can also damage it. If your tree doesnot have room to grow between its branches and your home, power lines, orfencing, it may pose a threat to those structures. Not only can branches warpstructures, but they can also encourage pest infestations since branches that touchyour home provide easy access.


If you notice any combination of the warning signs listed above, have anarborist from Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. evaluate the health andstructural integrity of your tree. Only an experienced tree expert can tellwhether you can salvage the tree through efforts like strategic pruning or ifthe tree's condition warrants removal.

As you work to keep your property beautiful and your trees growing tall,watch for any of the signs listed above.