There are many benefits to having trees in your yard – not only can they enhance the beauty of your property, but they also provide shade during the hot months and offer a habitat for wildlife. However, there are times when a tree poses a risk to your property or safety, making tree removal a necessity to protect your home and family. Here are some signs to watch out for that indicate that a tree in your yard should be removed:

 

Visible Decay or Damage

 

Do you see noticeable decay including large cracks and splits in the trunk or branches? If so, there could be structural weakness that makes the tree susceptible to falling, especially during storms or high winds, and tree removal is likely the best course of action.

 

Dead or Dying Branches

 

If more than 50% of the tree’s canopy is dying or has sparse foliage, it may be beyond saving. Dead branches can break off unexpectedly, posing a danger to people and property below.

 

Leaning or Tilting

 

A tree that is leaning significantly to one side may be at risk of falling. Leaning can be caused by root damage, soil erosion, or structural issues. You will definitely want to make note if you observe a tree on your property that leans towards structures, power lines, or frequently used areas.

 

Proximity to Structures or Utilities

 

Speaking of structures, trees that are growing too close to structures such as homes, garages, or sheds can pose a risk if they fall. Depending on how tall the tree is, you’ll want to make sure it’s 10 – 50 feet away from your home and other buildings.

 

Pest Infestations or Disease

 

Trees that are infested with pests or affected by disease may exhibit symptoms such as leaf discoloration, excessive sap production, or unusual growth. While some diseases can be treated, severe infestations or infections may require that the tree be removed to prevent the spread to nearby trees.

Root Problems

 

A tree’s stability can be compromised by root damage, so it’s important to keep an eye on a tree’s roots as well. Signs of root problems include exposed roots or mushrooms growing out of the base of the trunk. Construction work near a tree can also damage the roots, so inspecting trees after any work has been done close by is also recommended.

 

Hollow Trunks

 

A hollow trunk is a sign of internal decay and structural weakness, which can compromise the tree’s stability and increase the risk of collapse.

 

Recent Storm Damage

 

If a tree has sustained significant damage during a storm, such as broken branches or trunk damage, it may pose a safety risk. Assess the extent of the damage and consult with a professional to determine if tree removal is necessary.

 

Overcrowding or Poor Growth Patterns

 

Trees that are overcrowded or have poor growth patterns may not be able to develop properly and cause them to be more prone to disease and pest infestation.

 

If you notice any of these signs in a tree on your property, contact Best Bet Lawn Care! We’re proud to provide tree removal services to the Black Hills area. Our experienced crew will take care of the job, whether it’s pruning or removal, safely and reliably. Contact us today for a free quote!