No one wants to remove a tree because it provides a number of advantages to the neighborhood, including shade for people outside and a picturesque view during the fall. However, if a tree is sick and unstable, it needs to be removed as soon as possible. Because many tree illnesses are not immediately recognizable, there are a number of questions that you must ask yourself in order to determine if your tree needs to be removed.
1. How Much Money am I Willing to Spend on this Tree?
This is an important question to ask because trees CAN be maintained for a certain period of time. There are stabilization techniques, such as adding supports to the inside of the tree trunk in the form of concrete or even supports on the outside. These maintenance options are expensive, so if you are on a tight budget, you may need to let the tree go.
2. How Healthy is the Tree?
Some trees will show illness quickly, while others will hide it. If you suspect illness because you notice that the branches seem to be falling off much more easily than usual or there is a fungus all over the tree, then you need to get the tree assessed. Ask a professional to come and determine what percent of the tree is damaged. If the tree is more than fifty percent damaged, then you will need to have it removed. If the tree is less than fifty percent damaged, such as if it has been damaged as a result of an herbicide, then there is a good chance that it might eventually recover.
3. How Much Damage is there to the Trunk?
Look at the trunk of the tree. Get out a tape measure and measure the cracks. If there are cracks that traverse less than 25 to 35% of the tree, then there's a good chance that the tree will eventually be able to heal those cracks. If the cracks traverse more than this amount, then the damage is likely permanent, or the healing will be too slow to keep other diseases out. If the tree is too tall for you to measure accurately, measure as high up on the tree as you can, and then compare the tree overall with a nearby object, such as your house. Your housing documents will likely tell you how tall your house is. Use this information to make an informed guess.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in tree removal, like DJ's Tree Service.