How to Know When to Remove a Tree

As homeowners, we can become very attached to our trees and it can be difficult to think about losing any of them. But as a living organism, a tree will eventually decline and die. A dead or damaged tree can not only be unsightly, but it can also be dangerous. When a tree poses a risk to your family or home, it’s time to consider its removal. When a tree has become old or unsafe, its risks outweigh its benefits and removing it is the only safe alternative.


Declining tree health can manifest in several ways. You can begin by looking at the overall condition of the tree. Sick trees may have off-color leaves or green on the bark. Branches and limbs may be weak at unions. When considering whether a tree should be removed, consider the tree’s health from the ground up. Look for these signs as an diagnosis of your tree’s health:


1.    Bulging and heaving soil at the base of the trunk.

2.    Fungi, mushrooms, or carpenter ants at the base of the trunk. This usually indicates decay.

3.    Peeling or damaged bark and deep cracks in the trunk. This usually indicates a tree is sick or dying.

4.    Large cavities in the trunk

5.    Dead, hanging branches at the upper crown.

6.    Fine twigs near the ends of branches without leaves

7.    Premature autumn coloration that doesn’t match other trees of its type..

8.    Signs of common tree diseases.There are a number of tree diseases, many of which require removal. Look for symptoms for your particular tree type.


These don’t necessarily mean that the tree should be removed immediately, but it is an indication of the general health of the tree and should be watched closely. It may be helpful to contact an arborist or tree removal specialist in Dublin for a more comprehensive diagnosis.


Homeowners should conduct a safety check periodically to determine the health and safety of the trees on their property. A tree that is decaying or dying can be more dangerous the longer you wait. There are obvious reasons for some trees to be removed. If a tree is already dead or rapidly declining, it should be removed immediately. A tree that has been damaged by a storm and is beyond repair should also be removed before it becomes a safety hazard. Trees that are too close to buildings and utility lines or that lean in the direction of the home or another obvious target can represent a hazard.


We do not recommend that homeowners attempt to remove large trees on their property.Tree removal in Dublin can be hazardous and should be left to professionals. Expert arborists are trained specialists who know how to work safely and have the appropriate equipment and protective gear. An arborist can safely remove a tree and will also discard the resulting wood and branches from the removal.

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