Trees can be very impressive in stature and their ability to improve landscaping. Unfortunately, like all living things, they sometimes become diseased, damaged, or just grow in areas where they are no longer suitable. Watch for the signs a tree needs to be removed so you can take care of it before it becomes worse or falls, creating damage to other trees or property.
It May Soon Cause Damage
Maybe you planted a tiny, young tree in your backyard near the deck, hoping to someday gain shade from the tree. Now the tree has grown larger, and the roots or branches may start to damage the deck. Either the deck or the tree has to go, and the deck will probably win.
The same is the case when a tree is growing rapidly near power lines. Power lines aren’t easily moved or removed, so the tree may have to come down.
Any time a tree is in the way or about to grow in a way that could cause damage, tree removal is necessary.
If a tree is suddenly leaning in one direction, it may be a sign that the trunk is weak. If that is the case, it needs to be removed before it simply falls over.
Large Dead Branches
Large dead branches are one of the more obvious signs a tree needs to be removed. Dead branches are noticeable by the fact that leaves stop growing on them and often look unhealthy.
These branches are a danger because they become brittle and break off, falling easily. If someone is under the tree when that happens, they could be injured.
Know the signs of trunk damage, so they don’t go unnoticed. Vertical cracks in the trunk are a possible sign of disease. Large wounds that have been there forever, never seeming to heal, are not a good sign. Branches that have broken off and left a stub that never regrows is another sign that a tree may need to be removed.
Understand the Laws in Your Area
Keep in mind, even when a tree is experiencing issues as mentioned above, no one should just begin sawing away to remove it. Trees are protected in many areas and certain rules apply.
In the Austin, Texas, area, when a tree is 60 inches in circumference (or 19 inches in diameter) a permit is required to remove it.
When in doubt, call a trusted arborist to take a look at the tree of concern. Good Morning Tree Service offers tree removal services to Austin and the surrounding areas – from Wimberley to Killeen. Contact us, and we will take care of all your tree needs.