It can be tough to know when a tree needs to be taken down. However, a dangerous tree can cause serious damage, not only to your home but also to the people living there. Below are a few of the telltale signs it’s time to remove a tree from your property.
1. The Tree Starts to Lean
A tree that is leaning is most likely no longer securely in the ground and there’s a risk it may collapse. Especially if the roots at the tree’s base become exposed, this is an indication that you should remove the tree. Trees may begin to lean because of high winds, decay, or disease. In some cases, the roots may be damaged or rotting.
2. Troublesome Roots are Signs it’s Time to Remove a Tree
Tree roots can cause extensive damage to your septic system as they grow. They might also cause cracks in the home’s foundation, water pipes, and underground cables or wiring. It’s better to remove a tree at the first signs that this is happening. Otherwise, as the tree grows, the damage will worsen.
3. Branches Pose a Danger
You can prune a branch that poses a hazard, but if several are overhanging your home or driveway or touching your siding, it might be best to remove the tree. Large branches can fall and cause serious damage to your home or car and there is also a risk of injury to family members and visitors.
4. Remove a Tree from Your Property if it’s Dead or Dying
If a tree is dead or dying, it should be removed. Dying trees are more likely to fall because they may begin to rot. If this happens, the tree could cause costly damage to your property or the neighbors. Here are a few signs that a tree is dead or dying.
- branches that are brittle and change color
- cracks form in the trunk
- peeling or chipped patches of bark
- fungal growth at the trunk’s base
- cavities in the trunk
- no living buds at the end of branches
5. Signs the Tree is Infected Mean it’s Time to Remove It
Fungi, misshapen leaves, deep cracks in the bark, crown dieback (sparse foliage at the top of the tree), and wood that is unusually soft and crumbing are all signs the tree is infected. New growth that turns black, discolored leaves in spring and summer, and powdery mildew on the leaves are also signs your tree is diseased and may need to be taken down.