Despite the kerb appeal that trees add to your landscape, they can eventually develop disease or start to die and need to be uprooted. However, some homeowners make the mistake of holding on to the trees or longer than they should, which can lead them to become a potential risk to your property. Other than having routine professional maintenance by an arborist, there are several measures that you should take to ensure that your tree is in good condition. So how do you determine if the time for tree removal is nigh?
The tree has overgrown its location
When some people initially plant a tree, they do not consider how large that it could eventually become. As such, there are situations where you find your tree has started to scrape against buildings, which will gradually lead to structural damage. Other signs that your tree has overgrown its location is if it has begun to obstruct power lines or is impeding underground utilities such as plumbing. It would be advisable to have this tree removed before you incur the costs of repairing or replacing the utilities. Lastly, your tree would have overgrown its location of it is encroaching on your neighbour's property. If you neighbour does not want their yard engulfed by the shadow of your tree, it's time to consider having it removed.
The tree has dying branches
Another sign of impending tree removal is branches that are on the decline. If you find that the number of dead or hanging limbs is on the rise, it could indicate a serious underlying problem with the tree itself. The overhanging branches are a potential risk as they could all and injure people walking under the tree. The dead branches could also indicate that the tree is suffering from a disease, and it is only a matter of time before it topples over. Instead of simply having the affected branches pruned away, you may be better off opting for complete tree removal as the disease could be widely spread.
The tree trunk and leaves are diseased
If your tree has started shedding its leaves, but it is not a deciduous species, it is a clear indication that the time for tree removal is nigh. When leaves are diseased, they lose their ability to stay attached to the tree and begin to fall in droves. This shedding of the leaves may also be accompanied by strange bumps growing on the tree trunk, usually caused by fungal infections.