Should I Cut that Tree Down

crew in safety gear cutting down a tree close to the groundHow to tell if a tree might need removal

If your tree is dead, there should be no more discussion—it should be removed for many valid reasons. Branches and limbs will begin to fall following the tree’s death. The worst thing is, the entire tree can topple off, causing damaged to people and property. 

Is it the same with dying trees? To some extent, yes. A damaged or dying tree can also pose threats if they are not addressed carefully. Sometimes it is not too late for these trees, and they can still be saved. Here are some things to consider before deciding to remove a tree.

The tree’s proximity to living things

Above all else, human safety should come first. If the tree is a threat to roads, sidewalks, and human lives, then it should be removed. Is the tree located too near your home, or is it leaning towards one side? If the answer is yes, then the tree in question should be removed because it could spell disaster if the issue is not resolved. According to studies, almost 150 people are killed because of falling trees and branches each year. This data doesn’t include numbers of injuries. If your tree is a threat to your safety, take it down soon. 

How much will it cost to replace a tree versus treating it? 

It can be difficult to give a definite answer to this one. Some variables can affect the cost, and a lot of it would depend on your vision of replacement. It can cost you $10 to plant a small seeding, while a large sapling can go as high as $1000. Some diseases can be treated by adding water and nutrients. However, in some cases, the required treatment can take some years to take effect, thus making it really expensive. In this situation, it is best to seek help from a professional to assess the situation and provide expert advice. It may also be an excellent choice to replace your tree with a hardier type of tree. At the end of the day, it is still your choice that will matter. It could be hard to put a price on your precious tree. 

Manage your expectations on your tree’s chance of recovery

Whatever the reason for your tree’s deterioration, whether it’s storm damage, die-back, or lack of nutrients, every tree can only recover to a certain extent. Although it is not 100% accurate, if the canopy’s damage is between 25%-50%, it can cause the tree’s death. When it comes to treating a tree, finding the root cause is essential for the process. The tree may lack water or nutrients, which is causing its sudden death. It is best to ask an arborist to assess the tree and provide you with a diagnostic report. 

Don’t take bad advice

Your neighbor meant well when he told you to weed and feed your tree. However, your neighbor’s opinion may not be valid for many reasons. Unless he is skilled or is a certified arborist, you shouldn’t heed his advice. Tree experts inspect the tree carefully and even send soil and leaf samples to check the real cause of the problem. Like how you consult a doctor for your condition, you should go to an arborist for your tree’s health. 

Take the long view

Keep in mind that trees often outlive us. The sooner you replace a damaged tree, the sooner you will have a vibrant, healthy tree in your yard. Don’t dwell too much on the loss of your beloved tree; instead, think of the new one that you’ll have in your yard. Take care of this new tree, and it will thrive for centuries.

If you’ve decided to cut down the tree, consider a professional tree removal service company that you trust.

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