Professional, Low Cost Tree Removal
When does my tree need to be removed?
Dead or dying trees do not always have to be removed. Dead trees serve important ecosystem functions, such as woodpecker nests.
But a dead or dying tree can become an ongoing source of expense, as more and more parts need to be trimmed away to keep the tree safe and presentable.
If 50% or more of the tree is dead or damaged, removing it entirely makes the most economic sense. Paring away dead wood can become prohibitively expensive over time.
Damaged trunks are of particular concern, as the trunk is the core of a tree's stability. Hollow trees can remain alive for a long time - the life-giving sap flow is on the outside of the tree's trunk, not in the center. However, a damaged hollow trunk carries greater risk of falling, due to decreased trunk integrity.
Even if your trunk is strong, too many heavy dead branches can lead to hazards as well. Most trees can survive the removal of 25% or more of its branches.
Many dead branches on one side of the tree can lead to imbalance, causing the tree to fall. This may also be a symptom of root or trunk damage on that side of the tree.
Crossed or rubbing branches should be removed.
Tree acne ...?
If you find small shoots or sprouts near the roots of your tree, beware - this is a stress reaction, sort of like a breakout on your face. In the case of your tree, it could be sick, damaged, or suffering from heat exposure.
Watch out if your tree gets shroomy, too. Various ground mushrooms are common and no cause for concern, but mushrooms growing on the trunk or roots of the tree can be a sign of internal rot, meaning your tree might not be as strong and healthy as you think it is. Get it checked out.
The big picture for your trees
If you have many trees in close proximity to one another, some or all of which seem to be struggling, the soil might not be able to support all of them. Removing one or more could cause the surrounding trees to thrive.