Trees become unhealthy or hazardous for any number of reasons. We list some of 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, become overgrown, or caught a disease that necessitates removal? In this blog, we list 10 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 the tree? Do you see sections of chipped, peeling, or deformed bark? Missing or warped bark can indicate impact damage or disease.
2. Crowded Branches
Branches that are lopsided, crowded together, or crossed closely over each other 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 to save the tree. Dead branches are particularly dangerous and worrisome if they come from the tallest portion, known as the crown, or if dead branches make up 25% of total branches.
4. Extensive Trunk Damage
Your trees rely on strong trunks to weather storms, disease, and other damage. If you notice cracks or hollows in the trunk, the tree may become unstable.
5. Fungal Growths
Fungal growth usually indicates the presence of decay. If you notice mushrooms or other fungi species, especially near the tree's roots, have a professional assess the tree's condition. While not all fungal growths point to rot, mushrooms at the base of your tree can hint that the roots have decayed and left the tree unstable.
6. Heaving Soil Under the Canopy
Exposed roots can become damaged, and misshapen roots can cause damage to foundations, plumbing, and sidewalks. If you notice heaving soil near the tree'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 growths often mean the tree has undergone significant stress.
8. Pervasive Disease
Many tree diseases appear visible to even casual observers. If you look at your tree and notice any of the signs of disease listed above, such as mushrooms or missing bark, spread over half or more of the tree, plan for a removal.
9. Tilted Positioning
Some of the most hazardous trees are those which tip over. Unless the tipping happens during a storm, you will first notice a tilt in the tree's position. Tilting may occur when the roots become damaged or pulled up on one side. Generally, these trees require immediate removal.
10. Unsafe Proximity to Structures
Trees beautify your property, but they can also damage it. If your tree does not have room to grow between its branches and your home, power lines, or fencing, it may pose a threat to those structures. Not only can branches warp structures, but they can also encourage pest infestations since branches that touch your home provide easy access.
If you notice any combination of the warning signs listed above, have an arborist from Northern Virginia Tree Experts, Inc. evaluate the health and structural integrity of your tree. Only an experienced tree expert can tell whether you can salvage the tree through efforts like strategic pruning or if the 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.