How to Know if You Need Tree Removal

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Though trees can often live for many years, there may come a time when they are posing a risk to people and property nearby. Here are a few signs that may indicate a need for tree removal:

  • Trunk Damage: Signs of internal decay, like large wounds, vertical cracks, seams or dead branch stumps, can be a signal that a tree should be removed, especially if the damaged area covers more than 25% of the circumference of the tree.

How to Know if You Need Tree Removal

  • Hollow or rotting trees: Though trees can still live for many years with a hollow trunk, if a significant portion (more than 1/3) of the trunk is hollow or rotting, than the strength of the tree will likely be weak and should be removed before it falls.
  • Leaning: If a tree that used to be straight is now leaning, there is probably a problem with breakage or root damage, and you should seek tree removal soon.
  • Root damage: If a large portion of the root system has been damaged, the tree may need to be removed.
  • Dead branches: Some dead branches are not a sign you need tree removal, though you should have the branches removed. However, if more than 25% of the branches are dead or if all of the dead branches are on one side of the tree, there may be a more significant problem.

If you are unsure of whether you’ll be able to nurse a tree back to health or if you need tree removal, our certified arborists here at TarHeel Residential Tree Service, LLC can help. We can provide you with the information and resources you need to either help your tree heal and regain strength, or we can provide you with safe and efficient tree removal. Give us a call today.