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After we moved into a new home, I realized that the trees out front needed some serious attention. They were overgrown, tired-looking, and a little dangerous, so I started working with professional arborists to have them trimmed. It was a lot of work, but before we knew it, things had really improved. By the time they were finished pruning the branches, the trees didn't block the view of our home and we really felt like they would bloom better in the spring. Check out this blog for more information that could help you to keep your trees happy and healthy.

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Times When Trees Should Be Removed

For many people, tree removal is usually the last resort. However, there are some situations when having a tree removed is the best way to go for safety, health, or functional purposes. This article will go over some signs that indicate tree removal may be the best way to go in certain situations. 

The tree is structurally unstable

If there's one thing you need to know about the trees on your property, it's that they are structurally stable. If not, then this can mean there is a significant risk of the tree falling. Some of the signs that a tree isn't structurally sound can include noticing that there is a significant lean to it, that there are large vertical cracks in it, that there's extensive decay to the tree, or that there is a large portion of the roots exposed. When a tree can't be trusted to remain where it is, it can put your family, your pets, and your home or other structures at risk. By having the tree removed, you remove that risk and increase the safety of your property. 

The tree is seriously diseased or infested

If you determine your tree has a disease or pests, there can still be a chance of saving it. However, when the disease or infestation is significant, it may have reached the point where recovery is unlikely. Also, when the situation gets this serious, that tree will pose a big risk to the others on the property because there will be more of a chance of the disease or infestation spreading to them. Some examples of potentially serious diseases can include Dutch elm disease, oak wilt, or root rot. Some potentially serious infestations include emerald ash borer, spruce budworm, and Asian longhorn beetle infestations. 

Significant damage is done to the tree

An otherwise-healthy tree may endure some type of significant damage that changes everything and turns the tree into a risk. A few examples of damage they can endure include being struck by a vehicle, being hit by lightning, or being caught on fire. If enough damage has been done to the tree that the professional tree service doesn't feel it can be saved, then you should have it removed as soon as possible. 

Trees can cause encroachment

Sometimes, trees end up growing too close to one another. Or, they can grow too close to structures or other areas where they pose problems. Trees can cause significant damage to one another when they grow too close. Also, they can damage homes, other structures, foundations, pools, and anything else they're growing too close to. The best thing to do is to have the problematic trees removed as quickly as possible to avoid damage.

For more information about tree removal, contact a local company.