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Keeping Your Trees Healthy

When I first bought a new house, I realized that the front trees were a little overgrown. I was worried about a branch breaking in the wind and smashing into a window or the roof, and so I decided to invest in professional tree service. When the arborist came, he had more concerns than just a few overgrown branches. Apparently, a few of my trees had also developed serious pest infestations, and I was worried about what it might mean for their health. He carefully trimmed each tree to ward off disease, and within a few weeks, they were looking a lot better. This blog explains how a professional tree trimmer could help you, so that you aren't left with dying trees.


Keeping Your Trees Healthy

Signs A Professional Evaluation For Tree Removal Is Necessary

Joshua Mercier

Trees take many years to grow and it is always sad when one needs to be removed. However, sometimes it is necessary to take down a diseased tree before the disease spreads to other trees. It is also necessary to remove dead or dying trees before they drop limbs or fall over and injure someone.

The best way to make a final decision about tree removal is to consult with a professional tree service.

If you are on the fence about the status of a tree and aren't sure if it needs to be removed or not, then here are some signs to help you identify if it needs to be professionally evaluated for removal:

Sign: More Than Half of a Tree Has Storm Damage

Even if a storm doesn't bring a tree down to the ground, it can still fatally wound it.

Trees that lose more than half of their branches are not likely to survive in the years following a storm. At best, trees with serious storm damage will struggle for a couple of years, randomly drop a lot of branches when it's windy, and ultimately die.

If you have a tree that has lost more than half of its branches, then it is a good candidate for removal and should be professionally evaluated.

Sign: A Tree Has Visible Signs of Disease or Insect Infestation

Next to wind and storm damage, the biggest killers of trees are diseases and insect infestations.

Thankfully, there are many signs a tree is having a problem with insects or disease, including each of the following:

  • the trunk is missing large chunks of bark
  • the trunk is hollow or has physical damage
  • the trunk has sap dripping down the trunk
  • the tree trunk is growing mushrooms or other growths
  • there are lifted roots around the trunk

In addition, sick trees often start sending up a lot of new growth around their trunk's base in an effort of growing a new tree before they die. This is a big sign your tree needs attention.

Sign: The Tree is Causing Problems for You or Your Neighbors

Although removing a healthy tree is never fun, it is sometimes necessary. For example, trees that are currently healthy but are leaning are a danger of blowing over in a storm. 

Other reasons for removing a healthy tree include:

  • the tree provides too much shade in your yard
  • the tree is too close to the house or garage
  • the tree drops too many leaves or branches

In addition, trees overhanging neighboring properties are legitimate candidates for removal when they cause neighbor disputes.

A Final Note

Lastly, it is important to consult with a local tree removal specialist if you've noticed any of the above signs. They are the only professionals qualified to advise you on your specific situation. For more information, contact a company like JDM Tree Service.