When Do You Know If You Need to Remove a Tree?

The trees on your property, whether residential or commercial, help create a setting. In addition to the natural beauty they provide, trees help keep your soil in place, provide shade, and put off oxygen. Unfortunately, sometimes a tree can become sick or create problems for a homeowner. When this happens, you may consider tree removal, but how do you know if the time is right? Here are 6 reasons you may have to call a professional to remove a tree.

6 Reasons You May Have to Remove a Tree

The following are only some of the reasons you may have to remove a tree. For more in-depth information, contact Premier Tree Surgeons for a free quote.

A tree is dead

The most obvious reason for tree removal is a dead tree. A dead tree can pose a risk as it is more susceptible to falling over in a storm or causing property damage.

Part of a tree is dead

Depending on how much of the tree is dead, you may be able to salvage the tree. If more than 50% of the tree is dead, it is generally advised that the tree be removed.

Removing part of a tree is an option, however, it is important to consider why part of a tree is dead. For example, a tree that has sustained partial damage to a large limb because of a storm may be considered healthier than a tree with a dead limb due to sickness. Likewise, trees that have suffered root damage will need to be considered on a case by case basis.

The best way to determine whether this type of tree may need to be removed or whether part can be saved is to consult with a skilled tree surgeon.

A tree is sick

Have you spotted signs of illness on your tree? Defoliation and discolouration may mean your tree is sick. Some trees can survive an illness, however, others which have suffered multiple bouts may not. Consulting with a tree surgeon can provide you with more information about the likelihood of your tree’s recovery and help you determine a course of action. Treatable illnesses will require a knowledgeable expert, as will removal, if necessary.

A tree is wounded

Just like a person, a tree can suffer a wound. And just like us, if a wound is left untreated, the tree can suffer and become infected. If you spot broken roots, cracks or other damage to the trunk, or fungus growing on the root system or in an old wound, contact a tree surgeon to learn more about the care needs of your tree. Some tree wounds can be “healed”, while others may require tree removal.

A tree poses a danger

Does a large portion of a tree hang over your roof or a street? Is a limb partially cracked and threatening to fall? A tree that poses a danger to residents or the public should be investigated by an arborist. Trimming or removing a portion of the tree may be able to save the tree, however, some cases may require full removal of the tree.

A tree is in the way

Are you planning on developing some land on your property? If there is a tree in the way, the best way to remove it is to call a specialist. While you may be an avid DIY-er, tree removal can be dangerous and requires expert knowledge and tools to ensure a tree is felled safely.

Ready to Take the Next Step? Contact Premier Tree Surgeons

When it’s time to fell a tree—or remove part of a tree—it’s important to hire a licensed professional. Premier Tree Surgeons provides expert tree surgery, from removal to thinning to planting, in Glasgow for both residential and commercial properties.

As trained arborists, or tree surgeons, we understand the needs of trees as well as the needs of our clients. We can help you determine whether it’s time to remove a tree and professionally remove it for you. Sometimes thinning or crown reduction may better meet your needs.

If you need help determining whether a tree must come down, whether a part of a tree must be removed, or if thinning or crown reduction is best option for you, contact us to request a quote.