How to Know It’s Time to Remove a Tree

We have been providing tree removal services in Dallas-Fort Worth for many years now, and we know how to spot a tree that needs removed.  But do you know how to tell?  When a tree develops a problem, you need to decide right there and then whether you want to remove it or not.  Dying trees that do not pose a danger of falling and hurting people or structures can be left to die without human intervention.  After all, old trees can be used as nests for many bird species and serve as a food source for other animals.

We provide tree removal services for clients who want to remove trees and help those who aren’t sure where their tree stands.  If money is not an option and you want to save your tree, trees can frequently be maintained for years to come by cutting off all dead branches or portions of the disease.  Unfortunately, if the tree continues to die and poses the risk of falling onto people, your property, or powerlines, then you might want to think about tree removal services.  To help you decide whether your tree needs to be removed, our tree experts here at Chippers Tree Services will show you what you need to look for.  A number of questions need to be asked, and you need to weigh the pros and cons.

1. Is your tree from an undesirable species?

Undesirable trees include Siberian elm, black locust, mulberry, Norway maple, and poplar.  Characteristics that make a tree undesirable include: weak wood, proneness to breakage, droppings of a lot of debris, shallow roots, and a proneness to diseases and insect infestations.

2. How healthy is your tree?

If your tree is more than 50% damaged, then it’s time to let it go.  A tree that is 50% dead will continue to die over the course of time and can pose a threat to property and people.  If your tree is only 20 or 30% damaged, then we can save it.

3. Is the trunk damaged?

Do you notice vertical cracks, seams, dead branch stubs, or other signs of decay?  Severe damage to the trunk is a sign that your tree needs to be removed.  If the damage is only 20% of the circumference of the trunk, then your tree can be saved.

4. Is the tree hollow?

If your tree has a hollow trunk, then your tree needs to be removed.  Trees with hollow trunks are very dangerous and pose a risk to you, your family, and your property.  If 1/3 of the tree is hollow or rotting, give Chippers Tree Services a call for tree removal services immediately.

5. Are there large dead branches?

If your tree has a few dead branches, it can survive with tree trimming services.  But if it has more than 30% damage, then you need to consider tree removal services instead.

6. Is the tree lopsided?

Are all of the branches to one side of the tree?  Then your tree is potentially hazardous to you and your family.  Dead branches on one side of the tree are a sign of root and trunk damage.

7. Do you notice fungus on the base of the tree?

Not all fungi that grows on the root of the tree are a sign of disease, but you should definitely take that into consideration and call our arborists here at Chippers Tree Service so we can do a proper evaluation of your tree.

Do you have any questions about the health or safety of your trees?  Call our expert arborists here at Chippers Tree Service today.  We provide top notch tree services in Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Call 972-743-9959 to get a FREE estimate!

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