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How to Tell It’s Time to Cut a Tree Down

Tall, mature trees add value and beauty to your property. However, they can cause a lot of damage if they become diseased and start dropping large limbs on your house or vehicle.

Most home insurance policies will only cover repair costs if you keep the trees around the home healthy and alive. Dead or damaged trees should be removed before they put you and your family at risk.

Look for these signs when trying to determine if a tree needs removal or can be salvaged with the care of a professional arborist.

Foliage

Check the leaves on the trees around your home. Any tree that has no leaves or even buds when the rest in its species are fully covered are likely suffering from a serious issue or dead.

If a tree starts losing its leaves in the middle of the growing season, call an arborist for an immediate inspection.

Limbs

Cracks in the largest limbs show that the tree can’t support the weight anymore. These limbs will eventually fall, leaving large holes in your roof or the windshield of your car.

Removing cracked limbs as soon as you notice the damage could preserve the health of the rest of the tree. Cracks can allow rot and disease to penetrate the heartwood of the tree, killing a mature tree in just a few months.

Holes and Decay

It’s acceptable for large trees to have a few dead branches or missing pieces of bark, especially on the upper areas of the tree. However, large sections of decay and holes in the trunk are a more serious symptom.

Look for insect damage or rot along the trunk, especially around the base.

Falling Bark

When big chunks of bark begin falling off of the tree, check that this is not a normal feature of the species. A few trees commonly planted around the home need to shed their old bark every few years.

Removing a large tree is a dangerous project for a homeowner to handle. Hire a professional tree removal service to ensure no one is injured and your property doesn’t become damaged in the process.

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