When is the best time to remove a tree? This is a good question, although it’s one that few property owners think to ask.
Most folks decide it’s time to remove a tree when they’ve come up against one of the items we listed in our blog post, “How to Decide if You Should Remove a Tree.” Maybe disease has taken over your beloved shade tree. Or perhaps the tree has become a hard-to-manage nuisance — e.g., it’s causing problems with electrical wires or dropping fruit on passing cars or unlucky passersby.
Still, deciding to remove a tree is sometimes easier than determining when to remove it.
Let Urban Forest Pro help you make the best choices for you and your trees. Our expert arborists are all ISA-certified — every single one of them! They’ll help you determine the best course of action for your specific needs, whether that’s trimming, pruning, removal or any of our many full-service tree care and tree removal services.
There are often alternatives to tree removal that are better for the property owner and the tree (not to mention less expensive; the costs of tree removal can vary widely).
When is the best time to remove a tree?
The best time to remove a tree is before it has a chance to cause damage to property or people.
Beyond that, the short answer is that tree removal is probably best done during the tree’s dormant season — typically January, February, and March.
For deciduous trees, the dormant season is when their leaves have fallen, making them easier to clear and remove. Plus, the likelihood of winter-hardened ground beneath the tree makes it less likely that tree removal will have a negative impact on your lawn.
Waiting until spring or summer to remove a tree likely means a longer waiting time, since that’s the busiest time for tree service companies. It’s also likely to cost more during these seasons because, among other things, the springtime addition of new leaf cover makes removal more difficult and time-consuming.
Tree removal in Portland, Oregon
Our arborists take the decision to remove a tree seriously, especially if the tree itself is healthy. As we wrote in the blog post referenced above, Urban Forest Pro’s arborists don’t necessarily like to cut down healthy trees. But the truth of the matter is that trees are a renewable resource; they can be replanted. Plus, in many cases, it’s better to remove a tree and then plant a new one in a more suitable location that will allow it to grow and prosper for many years.
We can remove trees of all sizes and in every situation. Contact Urban Forest Pro for a free estimate from one of our exceptional, certified arborists.