Top 3 Signs Your Tree Needs To Go

Posted on: 13 October 2016

Do you have a tree in your yard that you're worried about? Do you want to know if the tree is safe to leave where it is or if it needs to be removed? Trees are beautiful, but they can also be hazardous under certain conditions. Most trees can probably stay where they are for an indefinite period of time. However, trees sometimes need to be taken out before they become a danger to both people and properties. While the final decision is usually best left to professionals, here are some signs that your tree should be removed sooner rather than later:

Mushrooms and other fungi: Mushrooms and other fungi tend not to infect healthy trees. If you see mushrooms growing on your tree or around the base of your tree, that's a good sign dead wood is there. You may not be in immediate need of tree removal, so long as most of the tree seems alive, but it may become necessary soon if the dead area spreads. Depending on where you live in the country, soon may be sooner than you'd like. The honey mushroom Armillaria mellea  is a parasite that can spread to and easily kill off trees. 

Insect damage: Insects, such as termites, that bore into wood usually ignore healthy wood and prefer to eat wood that has already died. But termites sometimes can and do make their way into a living tree. When this happens, they will eat the non-living wood inside of the tree which can result in things like your tree shedding weakened limbs at inopportune times. While some trees can be successfully treated with pesticides alone, sometimes the best thing to do is to kill off the termites and then hire a tree removal company to get rid of the tree.

Hollow spots: Depending on the size of a tree, a hollow spot may not indicate a current problem. There may have been an area that died off and was subsequently hollowed out by birds or fungus before you got the tree, but the tree continued to grow around it. If this is the case, the hollow section may be slightly weaker than the rest and you may at least want to consider drastic trimming so that the tree doesn't break off unexpectedly at the hollow area. On the other hand, a hollow area that spreads or seems to be spreading is a good indication of a larger problem that may only be rectified by tree removal.

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