Knowing When It’s Time for Tree Removal

Knowing When It’s Time for Tree Removal19th-Century Scottish poet Alexander Smith said, “Trees are our best antiques.” But not all trees can be preserved—sometimes they need to be removed. When considering tree removal on your property, consider the following questions:

  • Is the tree dead or dying? A dead or dying tree is a hazard. The unpredictability of a dead or dying tree makes it dangerous for property, persons and the surrounding vegetation. The structural integrity of the tree may not keep it alive for long.
  • Is the location of the tree a problem? A tree that is blocking a desirable view or has grown into power lines or other property may need to be removed before it becomes dangerous. Consider also how much space the tree will need to continue growing and whether its location can support that need. If the problem cannot be fixed by an arborist, tree removal may be the only option.
  • What is the tree’s life expectancy? If the tree has a shorter life expectancy with not much yield in terms of shade or agriculture, it may not justify maintaining it on the property. The quality of the surrounding trees may also determine how long the tree will last.
  • Does the tree require too much maintenance? Some trees require a lot of time and money to maintain. Some trees present consistent insect, disease or fruiting problems, and if you are unable to keep up the maintenance properly, tree removal is appropriate.
  • Is the tree meeting your expectations? Tree removal may simply be a question of whether or not you like the tree. It may have been planted and pruned by previous owners and not be meeting your expectations. You or someone who lives close to the tree may have developed an allergy to it. If the tree is not meeting your expectations, you may want to remove it.

For tree removal services in Lakeland, Florida, contact us at Evolve Professional Landscape Management.