How to Decide if You Should Remove a Tree

There are numerous reasons why removing a tree is a better bet than a massive pruning, upkeep or helping it through a disease. Whether you’re a business owner with a shady lot or a homeowner who’s on the fence when it comes to one of your trees, know that sometimes it’s best for everyone (sometimes including the tree) to opt for total removal. Here are the biggest instances when a removal might be your best option and how to go about it.

1. Out of control disease

Trees can experience a host of different diseases—and some of them are more serious than others. Particularly if a disease has spread and has begun to kill the tree, it might be more affordable and easier to simply remove the tree instead of trying to save it. Similar to humans, the earlier a disease is caught and treated, the easier it is to handle. However, if your tree’s disease has begun to overtake a large portion of it, it might be time to bid it adieu.

2. Inability to upkeep

Different types of trees also have different pruning demands, and sometimes people don’t know what they’re getting into. Not everyone has the time, skills, money or patience to care for an especially demanding tree. If you know you don’t have the time and don’t want to contract a landscaper on a regular basis, your life will be a lot easier if you remove the tree and perhaps replace it with a less demanding variety.

3. Too close for comfort

Whether a tree was planted too close to a house or it’s an older tree which has grown beyond what the planters ever imagined, a tree too close to a building can spell trouble. In a severe storm, if it’s hit by lightning, or perhaps even a strong wind rolling into town can knock down the tree—and right through a window. Trees close to upstairs windows are also tempting for burglars. When pruning just won’t do, removing a tree that’s nestled next to a building will up the safety factor.

4. A big distraction

Maybe a tree has grown out of control and is invading electrical wires, blocks key road signs, or drops fruits directly onto a busy street. Trees can turn into nuisances, especially if they’re overgrown or if the neighborhood has turned from rural to suburban over the years. Someone needs to take care of these trees, and if they’ve become neglected they can become a hazard. After all, it’s important that the stop sign is visible and that cars aren’t being damaged by fallen walnuts.

What Else Should I Consider Before Removing my Tree?

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1. Consider Your Goals for the Tree and Your Yard and Rank Them: For example if you have a tree next to your home and you have safety concerns for your home and your children at play, but you love the look of the tree and the shade it provides. You should rank those factors ie 1. Safety 2. Shade 3. Looks.

You might even get more specific about what you like about the look of the tree or what your exact safety concerns are. If your property is a rental property you might have completely different goals such as reduce maintenance and liability etc.

If you simply have a tree you don’t like it is important to think about why you dislike the tree. For example we had a customer who wanted a tree removed because it dropped too much sap in the summer making her deck unusable. It was going to cost her about $3,000 to remove the tree. It turned out all she needed really needed was a $200-$400 treatment in the spring to prevent the aphids that were the actual sap producers. She is now enjoying her deck and her tree/

2. Find Out from Your Arborist What Your Options Are: Be clear with the arborist about your goals and ask the arborist in order to achieve these goals what your options are. Under your particular circumstances you may have the option to prune the tree, treat it, fertilize it, or remove it. It just depends on your specific circumstances.

There are also many cases where customers call us about pruning a tree and are not even considering removal and we have to give them the unfortunate news that in order to achieve their goals their tree must come out. If the customer’s goal is to eliminate branches overhanging the house, reduce the height of the tree, or stop a tree from uplifting concrete there are many cases where the only true answer to those problems is removal.

Why we recommend removal of a tree is often difficult for customers to understand. We don’t necessarily like to cut down healthy trees, but trees are renewable and they can be replanted and most cases it is better to remove a tree and start over with the right tree in the right location where it will grow and prosper over the long run then to provide a band aid solution that only further advances an unsustainable situation.

In addition is most cases delaying the inevitable increases the cost of the removal. There are of course exceptions such as very old very significant trees where a lot is lost in their removal and so monitoring them and easing them into the grave becomes preferable.

3. Find Out About the Rules and Regulation Regarding Tree Removal:
 The ultimate decision to remove a tree may not be up to you entirely. In many cases the final word is provided by the city through a tree removal permit process. This can even be the case if the tree is on your private property. Your arborist can be helpful here also either submitting a permit on your behalf or pointing you in the right direction.

Many cities have begun to crack down on non-permitted tree removal and the fines in most cases are in the thousands of dollars per tree so it is important to make sure you have your paperwork in order before the crew begins work.

Beaverton, OR tree removal cleanupTrees can be a great thing, but sometimes less is definitely more. If you’re thinking of removing trees, a DIY approach can be dangerous. Hiring the right arborist will get things taken care of quickly and safely.

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If you are ready to have a tree removed, or still need help making a decision, contact our exceptional team here at Urban Forest Pro. We have the experience, professionalism, and knowledge to help you with your tree removal.

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