The most common reasons for tree removal are that either the tree is dead or that it has structural and/or health issues that make it hazardous or unsightly to leave in place.
We would rather save your tree than remove it if it can be made healthy and safe. This is usually the cheaper way to go! If it must be removed, it should be done in a manner that preserves the surrounding structures, trees and their root zones.
When should a live tree be removed?
When deciding whether to remove a tree, we look at several different risk factors. Generally, if a tree has two or more of the following risk factors, or one that is extreme, we recommend removing the tree.
1. Weight Distribution – Most of the time, a tree will collapse in the direction it is weighted.
2. Trunk Damage – Regardless of whether a tree’s canopy appears healthy, trunk damage can render a tree structurally unstable.
3. Ground Conditions – There are several ground conditions that decrease the stability of a tree, regardless of its health.
4. Multiple Dead Limbs – When a tree has several large dead limbs (roughly 25% or more of the total canopy), this is a sign of a serious circulatory problem.
If the tree is dead or dying, it’s wise to remove it sooner rather than later. The longer a large tree has been dead, the more hazardous it becomes and the more dangerous it becomes for removal.