When Should A Tree Be Removed

When Should a Tree Be Removed?

Indications That It Is Time To Cut Down A Tree

Cutting down a tree is a difficult decision to make, but it is sometimes essential. A decaying tree, for example, might become dangerous if left ignored and cause costly property damage. But how can you know when a tree has to be cut down? Unfortunately, the solution isn’t so simple. Trees, like people, are complex living organisms susceptible to illness, stress, and aging. Even if they don’t always show obvious symptoms that they’re dangerous or dead, it’s better to continue with care.

If you think your tree is dangerous, get a free estimate from a reliable tree care company like TRG Tree Service. We’ll thoroughly check your tree for symptoms of damage and illness before providing you with quick and economical tree removal services.

Meanwhile, keep a watch out for these clear indicators that your tree has to be cut down.

tree removal axe, axe, axe chopping a tree stump

Infection symptoms are present

Crown dieback, bark fissures, distorted or discolored leaves, soft crumbly wood, and the presence of fungus are all signs that your tree is diseased. Emergence holes, feeding galleries, and woodpeckers heavily eating on the tree are some symptoms that the tree may have unwelcome pests.

Branches that are overhanging or dead

Due to their sharpness and ease of use, axes are one of the oldest and most trusted tools for removing trees. Axes have a small handle that makes them simple to hold and manoeuvre. Pickaxes can help pry tree roots from the soil, and double-sided axes are great for cutting down trees. If you already have an axe, sharpen it with a long mill file if it has become dull due to lack of use.

The tree has a hollow interior

A tree with a hollow trunk has been severely weakened and is now a danger. It is necessary to remove a third of the tree if it is rotting or hollow on the inside.

Ripped or sagging trunk

Contact an arborist right once if your tree is leaning, entangled in power wires, hollow, or split. The removal of dead limbs is rather simple, but the trunk of a tree is a different issue. Any damage to the trunk’s structural integrity, no matter how modest, will only become worse with time, so it’s preferable to act now rather than later. Hollow trunks may not necessarily need removal, but if the tree is hollow for more than one-third of its circumference, it should be removed.

Even if the dangerous tree is a long way from your home, you should get it removed to avoid any injuries and the possibility of a lawsuit. This is especially critical for commercial and multifamily buildings with a lot of foot traffic. Do you have an ancient tree that you’d want to save? To learn more about our mature tree care services, please contact us.

A home or other construction is too near to the tree.

Trees that are too near to a structure or that are hanging over the roof may need to be removed – or at the very least trimmed on a regular basis. Large trees should be kept at least 20 feet away from a house or structure.

In the tree's summit, you can discern enormous, dead branches.

Because they can fall for apparently no reason and gravely damage individuals below, these are commonly referred to as widow-makers. For safety concerns, if 50% or more of the tree is dead or damaged, it should probably be removed.

Pole pruners are especially useful for tree trimming because reaching the top branches of towering trees from the ground or a low ladder step is difficult. Pole pruners have long handles that are often detachable or foldable for storage. Gardeners pull a rope or chain near the bottom of the handles to activate the snipping shears at the top, where the high tree branches rest.


If the tree is in a wooded region or far away from people and structures, it may not always need to be removed. Woodpeckers and other animals may use these trees as a home and sanctuary.

While some tree failures are unforeseeable, it’s comforting to know that the majority may be avoided with preventative actions. Before the worst of the summer storms and heavy winter snowfall, now is an excellent time to evaluate trees. Contact a professional if you see any of the above indicators, as most tree removal tasks are dangerous for the typical homeowner.

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