For untrained eyes, a tree can seem perfectly healthy. However, the truth of the matter is that the tree could be a complete disaster just waiting to happen. As a general rule, the last resort is to remove a tree. First, you should attempt to mitigate the disease or prune. However, tree removal is often necessary. Here are a few signs that will alert you as to when tree removal is generally the solution to your tree issues.

Signs of Infections

There are many signs that suggest your tree is infected, such as cracks, the appearance of fungi, discolored or misshapen leaves, crown dieback, and soft crumbly wood. You may also notice that the tree is started to attract unwanted pests. Unfortunately, in some cases, you may not actually see these pests, which is why you have to look for signs that your tree has them, including feeding galleries, emergence holes, and an abnormal amount of woodpeckers.

Large, Dead Branches on the Crown

Often known as widow-makers, large dead branches in the crown of the tree can be very dangerous. The reason for this is because they can fall for absolutely no reason and cause property damage or personal injury. If you notice that more than half of the tree is damaged or dead, you should speak to a professional about having the tree removed for personal safety reasons.

Compromised Trunk

Your tree has likely suffered internal decay if you notice the trunk has dead branch stubs, large wounds, or splits/cracks. A lot of people fail to realize that trees do not live for numerous years with internal decay. It is possible for some trees to handle this type of decay and stay standing for some time, but eventually, they will end up falling.

Hollow Tree

If you have a tree with a hollow trunk, then this tree is very dangerous. It has been severely compromised. In order to determine whether the tree should be removed, you should contact a professional to see how much of the tree is hollow. Generally, the rule of the thumb is if more than one-third of the tree is rotted or hollow, it is extremely hazardous not to remove it.

Leaning Tree

While it is true that a tree that is leaning is not always dangerous, trees that tend to lean to one side or another generally has major structural issues. If these structural issues cannot be addressed in a safe manner, the tree needs to be removed to avoid dangerous situations.

For more information, contact a tree removal service near you.