When Should You Have a Tree Removed?

Trees are essential to our livelihood. They offer plenty of benefits and beauty to a landscape. However, on occasion trees can pose tremendous safety risks. When that happens, the best thing to do is to have the tree removed. Take a look at some of the occasions when it’s the best time to have a tree removed.

When There Are Signs of an Infection

Sometimes a tree can become infected and be destroyed from the inside out. Trees that have been infected are dangerous because they can either help transmit the disease to other trees or become significantly weaker. If your tree shows any of these signs of infection, it’s time to have a professional tree removal company remove the tree: 

  • Discolored leaves
  • Deep splits in the tree’s bark
  • Appearance of fungi 
  • Emergence holes

It’s Hollow

A tree that has become hollow means that it has been significantly damaged. Your tree is decaying and possibly being attacked by fungi and bacteria. If some parts of the tree are hollow, it may not be necessary to have the tree removed. However, if ⅓ of your tree is hollow, it’s best to have the tree removed by a professional. 

It Has Large Dead Branches

Large dead branches in the tree’s crown, otherwise known as “widow-makers”, are dangerous. They can fall at any moment without warning and cause severe injury or property damage. If less than 25 percent of the branches are damaged, the tree has a higher chance of surviving. If 50 percent or more of the branches are dead, the entire tree should be removed for safety reasons. 

It’s Suddenly Leaning 

While all leaning trees aren’t necessarily dangerous, if you notice that a tree is suddenly leaning to one, it may mean that it has some structural problems. A structurally compromised tree poses a serious risk. It can cause damages to your landscape, a nearby building, and even your plumbing. Have a professional arborist inspect the tree to see if it should be removed. 

Need to Have a Tree Removed?

Hagan & Sons is here for all of your tree care needs. Whether you need to have your tree inspected or need Frederick, MD tree removal, we’re here to help. If you have further questions as to whether or not you should have a tree removed, contact us. We’ll gladly inspect the tree and give you a FREE estimate for any services that should be done.