3 Signs Your Tree Needs to Be Removed

February 18, 2018 Francine Jones 0 Comments

Trees live for a long time, but they can’t survive forever. They need to be removed when the time comes to prevent them from attracting pests or hurting people when dead branches fall. There are a lot of ways to recognize unhealthy trees, and you should keep an eye out for all of them in case they warrant the tree’s removal.

Excessive Cavities

Trees don’t do very well when they are full of holes. When a hole forms in a living tree, it is usually called a tree hollow, and some trees can survive with them. On the other hand, an excessive number of hollows can cause problems or even kill the tree. The tolerance of the tree will depend on its species.

That means that while a cavity is a good warning sign, it isn’t the only factor to consider. In general, you should only start worrying about cavities if they seem to be attracting pests or if the tree is starting to die.

Heavily Damaged Branches

Damaged or barren branches are a sign that a tree is dying, and also that it is becoming a a hazard. Dead branches can easily fall off of a tree and harm people who happen to be nearby, or cause damage to property. Trees that are in that condition need to be removed as quickly as possible in order to prevent accidents.

As with hollows, a small number of dead branches is a warning sign that a tree needs attention. They can often be removed without destroying the rest of the tree, but you do need to carefully watch the tree to make sure that more of them do not develop.


The most important sign of trouble is the presence of pests or parasites on the tree. These need to be dealt with quickly to make sure that they do not spread to other trees in the area. While it is often possible to get rid of them without harming the tree, there is a point where they have taken over so completely that the tree needs to be removed to save the rest of them.

Fungus is a particularly common problem, since it is responsible for Dutch elm diseaseChestnut blight, and countless other diseases that strike at trees. Not every fungus is dangerous, so you should investigate the matter thoroughly to determine if a tree needs to be removed to contain one.

Insects are also a problem, especially if they are breeding and leaving their young in the area. Exterminating them without harming the tree should be the first priority, but most of the dangerous ones can kill a tree fairly quickly in large numbers. If that happens, the entire tree should be removed before it becomes a hazard and before the insects can spread to other trees in the area.


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