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9 Signs It's Time to Remove a Tree

Oct 26

Trees offer so many benefits that parting with them can be a real challenge. While they may look healthy at first, not all problems are obvious to an untrained eye. Removal is typically a last resort, being done only when other management options have failed. Property owners are responsible for injuries and damage that occur when trees fall, and knowing common symptoms can prevent serious and expensive problems. Here are a few warning signs that indicate the need for tree removal.

Indicators of Infection

Cracks in the bark, crown dieback, discolored and misshapen leaves, crumbling wood, and fungi might indicate the presence of an infection. Other signs of pest infestation include feeding galleries, emergence holes, and the presence of woodpeckers. If a tree is showing one or more of these signs, call Chilliwack Tree Services right away.

Dead Branches

If there are large, dead branches in the crown, it’s likely that the tree can’t be saved. These branches are often called widow-makers because they can fall at random, causing serious injury or death. If more than half of a tree is diseased or damaged, consider removing it for safety’s sake.

Poor Growth

When assessing a tree’s condition, evaluate its vigor and health compared to that of trees growing nearby. Discolored leaves, thinning foliage, and slow growth all indicate trouble, which is best diagnosed by a trained arborist.

Root Defects

While root defects aren’t always noticeable, they do show some signs. If a tree has fungal growth or heaving soil near its base, there’s an issue with the roots, and removal may be the only safe option.

A Compromised Trunk

Large wounds, splits, cracks, and stubby or dead branches all point to internal decay. Many property owners don’t realize that trees can live for many years as they decay from the inside out. While some trees can withstand it for a long time, they will all eventually fall. When trees have such serious structural issues, we will remove them safely and efficiently.

Leaning to Either Side

Though not all leaning trees are dangerous, a sudden lean may spell disaster. If a tree develops a significant lean, there may be structural problems that indicate the need for removal.

Growing Under Power Lines or Near Structures

Trees that grow into power lines are a serious safety risk, as are those growing too close to houses and other structures. When this occurs, regular pruning may work for a while, but removal will eventually become necessary. Generally, trees should be 20 feet or more away from a building, house, or power line.

A Lack of Leaves

Most people know that trees drop leaves in fall and develop them in spring. However, if a tree’s leaf growth differs from that of past years, it may indicate poor health. When certain parts of trees have few to no leaves, it’s a sign of illness. In these cases, trees should be evaluated by a trained professional.

Fungal Growth

Mushrooms and other fungi commonly grow in forests, but they are bad news for trees. When fungal colonies take hold, they may infect a tree’s trunk and roots, causing damage that leads to instability and other safety risks.
If the fungal growth is uncontrolled, little can be done to save a tree, as these invasive organisms cannot be removed with fungicides. It may be possible to transplant a tree if it has avoided significant damage, but most will need to be removed to keep the infection from spreading.

DIY vs. Professional Tree Removal

When local property owners work with the professionals at Chilliwack Tree Services, the job will be done correctly. Our experts will inspect the tree, determine the need for removal, and offer an estimate for the service.
DIY tree removal can be risky, especially if the property owner must climb a ladder and use tools to remove branches. This is just one of the risks of DIY tree removal. An arborist who is insured, licensed, and educated on safe tree removal is the right person for the job. Call today to schedule a no-obligation evaluation and estimate.

Healthy Trees in the Right Place

Dying and dead trees shouldn’t always be removed if they are in secluded or forested areas. These trees often serve as refuges and homes for wildlife. While tree failures are often unpredictable, it’s reassuring to know that they are usually preventable. Now is the right time to inspect nearby trees, before winter storms set in. If any of these signs are present, call the pros at Chilliwack Tree Services today.

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