Trees provide shade, climate moderation, soil protection, and aesthetic character. In fact, trees are often the key features of one’s property. Unfortunately, there are times when trees can prove troublesome or dangerous. When trees develop damage or disease, they pose threats to people and structures. While professional trimming can help extend the life of a tree, there are times when it might be prudent to remove the tree. There are many questions to consider when considering tree removal.
Working with a professional arborist, ask yourself is the tree in question a desirable species. Undesirable species include those that are prone to breakage or disease, have shallow roots, or are particularly invasive. If the tree is deemed undesirable, you may choose to remove it entirely.
Damage to more than half the tree likely warrants removal. In some cases, specific damage to tree trunks may lead to removal, though smaller wounds can generally heal over, thus saving the tree. Trees that rot and have hollow interiors are ripe for further damage, even though many trees can live for years with a hollow trunk. While trees are resilient, and you do not want to take them out unnecessarily, be aware that damage from falling trees and limbs can cause significant property and personal damage.
Trees that are not diseased, but rather leaning may also need removal. If the lean is sudden, then there may be underlying damage, but in any case where the lean in pronounced, removal is advised.
Trees growing under power lines need to be monitored. If they grow too close to the line, tree limbs can cause damage or power outages if left untrimmed. However, removal of any limbs near power lines should only be done by professionals.
Other factors to consider include historic or sentimental value, sight lines, and overall health of the property in question. As you can see, tree removal requires careful consideration of many factors and generally should be done with the consultation of a professional arborist.