How To Decide If You Should Remove A Tree?

Removing a tree can be a pretty aggressive solution. However, there are times when the risk to people, property, or other trees is high enough that you should consider removing a tree. Folks looking at these 6 situations should speak with a tree removal service.

Disease or Infestation 

One of the most common arguments for removing a tree is that it's either diseased or infested. It may also be both since diseased trees often attract pests. A diseased or infested tree can pose a risk to neighboring trees. Likewise, many infestations can spread to wooden structures. Also, a tree will reach a point of such poor health that it could fall down during a stiff wind or heavy storm.

Contacting a tree removal services company is a good way to get in front of problems. If a tree appears to be in an irreversible decline, the best move is likely to be to remove it while it's still stable enough to allow an orderly process.


Trees can also grow to the point where they threaten property and people. This is particularly common with tree species that have shallow roots. Once a tree grows beyond the ability of its roots to anchor it, it becomes a risk to everything in a radius as wide as the tree's height.


Even if a tree has been healthy and doesn't exhibit any serious signs of trouble, it can suffer sudden damage. Storms and high winds can damage trees to the point you can no longer assume they won't damage nearby property or hurt people. The same can happen if a vehicle hits a tree.


Some species of trees are inherent nuisances. For example, the black walnut tree has a reputation for poisoning the ground around it. This can discourage vegetation growth, making it hard to garden or landscape in the affected zone. Also, declining vegetation in an area can encourage greater run-off during rainfalls and snowmelts.


A tree's health will decline as it reaches its later years. The first sign is often an inability to supply its extremities with water and nutrients. You may see branches or leaves start to die as an older tree can no longer support them. Once more, preempting the issue is often the right choice.


Finally, a tree may also be too close to something important. Many people remove trees to prevent them from hitting utility lines. A tree may also be too close to a structure. Even if the tree appears to be healthy, removal will significantly reduce the risk of something bad happening.