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5 Signs a Tree Needs to Be Removed

Trees take years to grow into the stunning landscape features we love so much. Shade trees increase property value, but dead or dying trees are a serious hazard to the safety of your home. These five signs indicate when a tree should be removed by your local tree service.

1. Tree Isn't Producing Leaves

Limbs that don't produce buds and leaf out in the spring are the most obvious sign that a tree is dying. Branches with decaying buds are brittle and can easily break, an accident waiting to happen. It can also indicate disease. A tree service company can determine if the disease has spread to the trunk and advise removal.

2. The Roots are Damaged

A damaged root system is the biggest indicator that a tree needs to be removed. Damaged roots decrease a tree's stability, and you never know when it may fall. To assess root rot, look for:

  • Weak branches
  • Discolored leaves
  • Fungus growing from the roots
  • Lifted ground around the tree's base

If you notice any of these indicators, call an arborist right away.

3. The Trunk is Decaying

Trees with decaying trunks are structurally unsound. A bad storm or strong winds could bring them down, causing considerable property damage. To determine if your tree is decaying, check for:

  • Vertical cracks
  • Unusual amounts of peeling bark
  • Visible wounds or open gashes

Internal decay can hollow out the trunk of a tree. If a tree trunk is hollow, it should be removed immediately.

4. A Tree is Preventing Other Growth

According to 8 Billion Trees, about 3.04 trillion trees are growing worldwide. Though planting more on your property is good for the environment, too many can interfere with the growth of grass or other plants. Thinning out your forest is an excellent strategy to keep your yard from looking patchy.

5. The Tree is in a Bad Location

Removal may be recommended if a tree is too close to your home or power lines. A tree's proximity to these structures can increase the risk of damage during storms and interfere with maintenance. Tree roots can also cause damage to your home's foundation, resulting in costly repairs. When the safety of your property is at risk, it's best to call a tree service for an assessment.

If you're experiencing any of the above issues, consider hiring a professional tree service. Get in touch with Top Tier Trees today for tree removal you can trust!

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