5 Signs a Tree Should Be Removed

While trees can provide shade on a hot summer day, strong winds and weather patterns can often compromise them. Not only does this create a hazard if the tree falls due a compromised root system, base or trunk, but it could also lead to an increased fire risk. Unfortunately, leaving a tree to fall naturally can become a hazard to vehicles, buildings or other structures on a property – making removal a must. In this article, we will look at 5 signs that a tree should be removed to ensure safety remains a priority at all times. 

1. The Tree Has Died 

Dead trees will often present a multitude of different safety hazards. Once a tree dies, the roots will no longer continue to absorb water, making the tree brittle and very dry. As the decomposition process begins, bugs will begin eating at the wood and it will fall naturally whichever way the wind takes it. In addition this, a dead tree can also create a fire hazard since it will combust easily when fire is nearby. Due to these property hazards, removal is suggested any time that a tree shows signs of decay or death. 

2. The Tree Has Visible Rot 

Trees that have visible rot have often become the home to fungus. As fungus spreads from open or cut parts of the tree, it will ultimately also settle and start growing around the base of the tree. While not all types of fungi are detrimental, it is often a clear sign that the tree is struggling and beginning to decompose. In addition to this, the presence of fungus will also draw in more insect activity, further creating a hazardous environment as the tree rot progresses. 

3. Soil Cracking is Occurring at the Base 

If soil cracking is visible around the base of a tree, it often signifies that the roots are beginning to lift. This, in turn, will often mean that the tree has become damaged, or the root system has become compromised. Many times, this occurs because wind will push the canopy of the tree and begin to pull the roots from the ground as the tree struggles to maintain its rooted position. Without intervention or a trimming, the tree will likely uproot and fall over in the future. 

4. The Tree’s Roots are Growing Towards a Foundation 

When trees grow too large and too close to the foundation of a home or other structure, they will often continue to grow along the foundation instead of cracking it. However, some trees have roots that will continue to grow into the foundation and create an unstable base for the building. This could result in shifting or hairline cracks that expand over time. Any time a tree is planted near a home, it is important to monitor the root system, when possible, to avoid this scenario. 

5. The Tree is Home to Bark Beetles 

Bark beetles have become an increasingly more alarming problem for pine trees across the United States. These voracious eaters can often cause extensive damage to a tree, ultimately leading it to die and fall. For this reason, pine trees should be checked periodically for signs of damage by removing the back and searching for large hole or pin-holes. Often the most active period for these woodboring pests is late summer and fall. 

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