Deciding whether to have a tree removed can be a stressful decision. Should you keep it and save the money from the cost of removal? Or should you remove it, and why?
Here are some questions to run through to help you decide to cut your tree down. As you answer these questions, the main thing to keep in mind is safety.
Is the tree healthy?
Large dead branches are a hazard to your property and people. If the dead branches are off to one side, the tree's weight will be unbalanced and potentially dangerous. This can be a sign of trunk or root damage on the side with the dead branches.
Root diseases such as fungi growing on the tree can be a sign of internal rotting. Check for large fungi at the base of the trunk or a rotting trunk.
If there has been digging near the tree causing damage to its roots, it may need removal if the damage is extensive enough.
A hollow tree trunk may mean that the strength of a tree's stump is compromised and can be potentially dangerous.
A leaning tree may present a hazard, as the learn may indicate a weak root system.
Look for large, old wounds, dead branch stubs, cracks that run up and down, and seams - these may suggest decay. You may want to remove the tree if there is sufficient trunk damage.
Where is the tree located?
If you have multiple trees too close together, this may hinder the growth and health of all those trees. You may opt to remove certain trees to break up the pattern.
If your tree is tall and too close to your property, it may cause property damage to siding, fascia, or the roof. The roots may also present a problem depending on the growth pattern of the tree's roots.
If you have a tree whose average mature height is the height of the power lines it is beneath, this may be potentially hazardous during rainy weather as electricity can arc to the wet tree.
How special is the tree?
The tree may have sentimental value to you or it may be a centerpiece for the neighborhood, you may want to try to salvage the tree rather than remove it. However, still take into account the the safety considerations above.
Leave it up to a arborist.
While these questions may help your thought process in tree removal, always ask a certified arborist if you're unsure.