4 Signs You Should Remove a Tree this Spring

Plus, How to Prevent Problems

Removing a tree should not be an easy choice. Not only do trees provide a number of benefits to homeowners, but they can also become a hazard in various ways. While some of the causes are natural, others can be avoided with proper tree care. Here are some of the reasons why you should remove a tree this spring and some ways you can help prevent problems from happening.

Reasons to Remove a Tree

Tree removal is not a cheap or easy process. However, sometimes it is necessary. While some homeowners think they can handle taking a tree down on their own, it’s highly recommended to reconsider, especially under the following circumstances.

  1. It’s dead. Now that we’re in the middle of spring, trees should be brimming with lush leaves. If more of the tree is bare and you’re noticing a lot of dead branches on the ground, it’s time for the tree to come down. Dead trees are also highly unpredictable. Whether they’ve died from pests or disease, you don’t want these problems to spread to healthy surrounding plants. This is why a professional company should be part of the tree removal plan.
  2. It’s damaged beyond repair. Wild storms can tear trees in two or rip the roots right out of the ground. A lightening strike can also crack a trunk, inviting pests and disease to move in. While a slight lean and small crack may be fixed, if the tree can’t be treated, it should be removed before it becomes more of a hazard.
  3. Large hazardous roots. Even if the tree looks healthy, the roots can wreak havoc on sidewalks, driveways, fences, and other structures. Root spreading can also infiltrate underground pipes and electrical work.
  4. Sprouting at the base of the trunk. This new life isn’t a good sign. It’s a tree’s natural reaction to stress from environmental changes, too much sun, and other life-threatening scenarios.

If you notice any of these issues, a professional arborist can evaluate the situation and help homeowners make the decision whether to try and treat or resort to tree removal.

Preventing Tree Issues

While you can’t control the weather and natural disasters from striking your tree, there are some ways to help prevent potential problems.

  1. Proper placement. If you’re planning to plant a tree, pick a spot where it will thrive for years to come. Consider how large it will get and be sure it has enough room to grow and not get in the way of structures or crowd out other plants.
  2. Proper pruning. Regular maintenance helps keep a healthy tree thriving. Remove any dead or diseased branches to limit the chances of these limbs becoming a hazard.
  3. Attention. Simply watching for signs of pests, disease, and other problems can help you be proactive in the right care for your tree. Contact an arborist at the first sign of trouble to help evaluate and treat if necessary.

The specialists at Elite Tree Care are available to consult on any tree-related project from planting and pruning to treatment and removal if needed. Contact us today to help ensure your trees are getting the attention they deserve.

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