Trees are a defining feature of any yard. They provide shade, privacy, and beauty and boost property value. However, there are several reasons to remove a tree. Maybe it’s diseased or posing a danger to your home, or it doesn’t fit into the landscaping.

Whatever the reason, removing a tree is not a decision to make lightly. There are several factors to consider before you call to have a tree removed. Here are four reasons you might take down a tree on your property – and why you should always hire a professional arborist to do the job.

Remove a Tree if it is Dead or Dying

One of the most obvious signs that it’s time to remove a tree is if the tree is dead or dying. If more than 50% of the tree is dead, it’s time to remove it. A dead tree is an eyesore and can harm your property and family. Dead trees are susceptible to toppling over in high winds and can damage your home or injure anyone who happens to be nearby when they fall. If you have a dead tree on your property, your best course of action is to have it removed as soon as possible by a professional arborist.

The Tree is Leaning

Another sign that you may need to remove a tree is if it’s leaning dangerously. Trees can lean for several reasons, including soil erosion, root damage, and storms. Regardless of the reason, if a tree is leaning too far, it must be removed before it falls and causes damage. If you’re uncertain, call an arborist to examine the tree and recommend the best action.

The Tree is Cracked or Damaged

Trees can crack or suffer damage for many reasons – lightning strikes, severe weather events like hail or high winds, car accidents, etc. A cracked or damaged tree may not pose an immediate threat but should be inspected by a professional arborist as soon as possible. These types of damage can cause long-term problems. The tree may become unstable and more likely to fall. Also, insects and diseases can enter through the cracks and affect the tree from the inside.

Remove a Tree for Aesthetic Reasons

Sometimes homeowners want to remove trees from their property for personal reasons. Maybe they would prefer something else in the landscaping, or perhaps they want more sun in their yard.

Hiring an arborist is best rather than trying to do it yourself if you decide to remove a tree from your property. Arborists have years of training and experience in safely removing trees. They know how to properly assess risk factors associated with each job and have the necessary equipment to get the job done right. Hire a qualified professional arborist to remove the tree and keep you and your property safe.

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