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How to Determine It's Time to Prune or Remove a Tree

It’s a rainy April morning. You take a sip of your coffee, walk over to your front window, and then watch as the wind and rain wreak havoc on your yard. Those recently bloomed grape hyacinths are swaying, your yellow daffodils are drooping, and those pink tulips are falling. Not to mention that old black walnut tree—that was planted decades before you moved in—is leaning over your brand new SUV. Even worse yet, branches and bark are all over your recently paved driveway!

There are many signs that will indicate it’s time for you to consider removing a tree. Much like the scenario we described above, two of them will be that the tree is coming dangerously close to damaging your property and that its branches keep breaking off.

Here are a few of the warning signs to watch out for:

The tree is too close to a house, garage, sidewalk, or street, especially during a storm.

Trees can grow too low and get in the way of people and vehicles, sometimes causing dangerous situations. When too close to buildings, they can trap moisture and cast too much shade, causing moss, mold, and moisture damage. They also can act as a pathway for insects and small animals onto and into roofs and attics.

Dead bark or branches in the air or on the ground.

Like all living things, trees shed periodically. Some loss of bark and branches is normal. However, large patches of missing bark, a buildup of many dead branches, large dead or very thin looking parts of the crown, and hanging branches are all clear signs that the tree needs a visit from a professional.

Insect or disease activity is apparent.

There are many potential signs and symptoms of insect or disease activity to watch out for, such as:

  • Discolored leaves
  • Early leaf drop
  • Unusual growths on leaves or stems
  • Holes in the bark
  • Sawdust on the ground near the trunk
  • Fungi growing on stems
  • Large pieces of loose bark
  • Large, opaque webs in the tree
  • Sticky fluid dropping from leaves or stems

If you see these or any other signs that your tree might be in trouble, Monster Tree Service have Certified Arborists who can visit the property and provide a detailed assessment of the tree and advise you of your options.