7 Signs You Need Emergency Tree Removal
Trees can lose their strength and become less structurally sound in a number of ways, usually due to age, disease, or a pest invasion. A tree that has lost the strength it once had can pose a serious safety hazard, particularly if that tree is in a high-traffic area in your yard or in range of your home. Rather than wait for the tree to drop major branches or fall over altogether, it’s important to have it removed as soon as you can. Here are 7 signs that you need emergency tree removal.
- The tree is suddenly leaning. Although some trees lean naturally, a lean that is new may be a sign that the entire tree is dead or dying and may soon fall over. The general rule of thumb is that tress with a lean of more than 15 percent from vertical need to be removed, but any type of new lean should be looked at by a tree doctor. If you notice a sudden and/or extreme lean, then this constitutes an emergency and needs to be dealt with immediately. Usually this is an indication of breakage or weakening of the roots.
- You can see roots that are visibly damaged or decaying. A tree’s root system is one of the biggest indications of its health. If the roots are visibly damaged or decaying, then an emergency tree removal specialist needs to be called at once. This means that the tree has lost some or all of its structural support and may fall at any time.
- The tree’s trunk is compromised. Cracks or cavities in the trunk of the tree are strong indications that the tree is no longer structurally sound. A tree doctor can inspect the cavity to determine whether it is too large for the tree to sustain and the tree has become hazardous. Another sign to watch for in the trunk is large pieces of missing bark.
- The tree is hollow. If the trunk of a tree has become hollowed, then that tree poses a danger and needs to be removed. A tree can actually live with a hollow trunk, as the life support tissue of that tree exists in the outer edges rather than at the center. However, a hollow trunk’s strength has been severely compromised, presenting a fall hazard.
- Extensive damage is present. The general rule here is that if 50 percent of the tree is damaged, then it is hazardous and needs to be removed. Although a tree that is in decline can continue to survive for many years, its strength has been compromised, which means that it can be dangerous to keep.
- Small sprouts or branches are emerging from the trunk. This type of growth is usually a response to severe stress and can be a clear sign that there is something wrong with the tree. Such trees at the very least need to be evaluated by a professional and often will need to be removed as soon as possible.
- You can spot large dead branches. If you notice dead branches way up in the canopy (meaning a branch with dead leaves or missing bark), then those branches need to be removed as soon as possible as they present an immediate danger. At the same time, you can have the tree inspected to see if it’s still structurally sound or if the entire tree needs to be removed as well.
All trees have a natural lifespan and eventually will become too old or unsafe to be kept on your property. If you notice something strange happening with one of your trees, call in a professional as soon as possible. Emergency tree removal is a far better alternative than the risk of damaging your home or endangering your family.