The Top 3 Ways to Tell If You Should Treat or Remove A Tree

The Top 3 Ways to Tell If You Should Treat or Remove A Tree

If you’ve noticed signs of problems or disease on the trees on your property, you may have wondered if the tree can be treated or if it needs to be removed. Diseases in trees can vary based on their age, size, and type. Therefore, it can be difficult for the average person to determine if a tree can be treated. There are many considerations to consider when determining if a tree should be treated or removed. In this overview, we’ll explore the top three ways you can tell if you should treat or remove a tree.

Tree Death

A tree that is dying should always be removed from populated areas like near homes or businesses. This is because a dying tree can pose significant safety risks to the buildings and people surrounding it. Not only can a dead tree fall due to stability concerns, but it can also have branches fall which can cause property damage or damage to nearby people.

Some signs your tree may be dying include dead branches towards the top of the tree, cracks in its trunk, peeling bark, fungus near the base, or any other clear signs that the tree is not thriving.  Another sign your tree may be dying is extreme dryness with fewer leaves than normal or expected.

Over time, a dying tree can become unstable. The structural defects can be quite hazardous. If a certified tree professional has determined the tree is dying, this means the tree is beyond treatment and should be removed. It may be difficult to determine on your own that a tree is dying, thus, it is recommended you have a professional come out to look at the tree. 

If the professional has determined the tree is dying, it may be able to stay in place to die naturally if it is not posing a hazard to its surroundings. This is only the case in natural settings. A tree left to die naturally can serve as a place for woodpeckers and other wildlife to thrive and nest. Most trees that die near businesses or homes will be recommended to be removed to avoid any safety concerns.

Tree Disease

Have you noticed certain types of growths, like mushrooms or fungi around the tree or its roots? Sometimes this can indicate the tree may have a disease. If the trunk of the tree appears damaged, with vertical cracks or dropping bark, this may be another sign the tree is experiencing illness. Bare branches, in seasons where it should be covered by leaves, can signify a potential tree disease. Identifying what type of disease and if it should be treated or removed is best left up to a professional.

When considering tree diseases, if the tree requires too much ongoing maintenance, you may want to consider having it removed. Some tree diseases can be difficult to address, in which cause, removal may be a better option.

Tree Damage

You may notice that your tree’s roots are leaning to one side or another. This may indicate that there has been damage. Another sign to watch out for is something known as epicormic shoots, which are sprouts that pop up to indicate that there is pressure underneath the grown. Damage to trees can occur from a variety of methods, including new construction, shallow root systems, exposure to dangerous elements, loosened soil, and more. A professional tree expert should be able to help you identify signs of tree damage and help you determine if they can be treated.

If at least 50% of the tree is damaged, it may be time to have it removed. This is often true of severe damage to the main trunk, which can be difficult to treat. If the damages are less than 25% of the circumference of the trunk it may be able to heal and be treated.

If you have a tree that looks questionable, call in an expert to assess your tree. Waiting too long to address tree damage may result in needing to completely remove the tree. Our team of experts can help you identify if you should treat or remove a tree. If treatment can be done, we will recommend a plan of treatment.

Do You Remove A Tree or Can It Be Treated?

If you have a tree that looks questionable, call in an expert to assess your tree. Waiting too long to address tree damage may result in needing to completely remove the tree. Our team of experts can help you identify if you should treat or remove a tree. If treatment can be done, we will recommend a plan of treatment.

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2 Responses

  1. You really helped me when you talked about how disease can be a big reason to make tree removal the correct choice. This sounds like something that could be the solution for our property since one of the trees just outside it looks quite deceased. I’ll hire a tree service in the area for sure so they can assist me with doing what needs to be done.

  2. It’s good to know that fungi around the tree means that your tree might have a disease. My husband and I have noticed fungi growing around the tree in our backyard, and we were wondering if that was a sign that something is wrong. We’ll have to look into hiring a tree removal service to come and remove it for us before it causes damage.

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