4 Ways to Tell if You Should Remove Your Tree


We love our beautiful, tall trees that provide shade for our homes and boost our curb appeal. Unfortunately, however, trees don’t live forever and there will be instances where the safest and best choice is to remove the tree from your property. If you have a tree that’s concerning you, here are the most common reasons you will need to remove a tree from your yard. 

1. Dead or Compromised Branches

Whether from age, a disease, or a natural occurrence, some trees suffer from dead or dying branches. This is a large liability and safety hazard for people on and around your property, as well as for your home, cars, and other belongings. Dead or otherwise compromised branches can weigh hundreds of pounds and can fall at any time. Don’t take any chances, and contact your local tree removal company to consult on removing the tree from your property. You never know when the branches will choose to fall. 

2. Tree Diseases

While the signs of a diseased tree can sometimes be more difficult to see than dead branches, they can be just as dangerous. After all, a common side effect of a diseased tree is dying limbs. Other signs can be discolored leaves, odd bumps on the bark, and the growth of fungus. Depending on the type or severity of the disease, you may be able to treat it; in other instances, the tree may be too far gone and will need to be removed for safety and aesthetic reasons. 

3. Tree Location

Whether the use of your property has changed or the tree has grown too intrusive, many homeowners choose to remove a tree because of its location. Common reasons include trees growing too far into powerlines, hanging over garages, or home expansions and remodels that require the space the tree currently resides in. On the flip side, the location of the tree may be the cause of its natural demise. Perhaps your home is shading it too much or it’s too close to your gutters and is being overwatered. In these instances, it’s best to consult an arborist or tree specialist to come up with a game plan. 

4. Trunk Damage

When the main support system for your tree is damaged, there is sure to be further damage down the line. If you’re noticing cracks or seams appealing in your tree trunk, it is likely a sign of internal decay. Internal decay can quickly compromise the tree’s health and make it a safety hazard. Unfortunately, when there is tree trunk decay or other internal issues, oftentimes the only solution is complete removal.

While every property and tree is different, we hope the above tips have given you a starting point in diagnosing the actions you need to take with your trees. Keep in mind that all tree removals should be completed by professionals for the safety and well being of your home and yard. Additionally, tree trimming specialists may be able to provide alternative solutions to your tree problems. For tree removals in the Austin area, choose Brents Tree Service. We look forward to hearing from you!