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If you have a sick or dying tree, your first inclination might be to cut it down, but you don't always have to. Dying trees that are strong and pose no threat to life, limb or property are great additions to your natural environment. Not only do they provide shade, they provide housing for a wide range of critters. So it's always a good idea to keep a dying tree as long as possible. However, you should always be on the lookout for signs that it's time to remove your sickly tree. Following are three telltale signs that you should watch for.
Expense Outweighs Benefit
While it's possible to maintain a sickly tree for years, it can get expensive. As your tree deteriorates, you will need to hire a tree service company to come in to cut and remove all diseased or dead portions of the tree. In the beginning stages, your tree might need to be pruned once per year or less frequently. However, as the disease progresses, you will have to hire a company more often. Most experts recommend pruning a damaged or dying tree each time you notice broken branches that are more than an inch in diameter. If the cost becomes too much for you to cover, it's time to have the tree removed.
Percentage of Damage
If more than half of your tree is diseased, damaged or dead, you should have it removed. Be sure to take in account all portions of your tree, such as the branches, trunk and root system, when determining how much damage there is. If the root system and trunk are relatively healthy, but you can see damage on numerous branches, you might be able to salvage it. If the damage encompasses all portions of the tree, you probably won't be able to. Furthermore, if the thinnest point of the trunk only contains approximately 20 to 30 percent healthy material, you should remove the tree regardless of what the rest of the tree looks like.
Threat of Falling
If there is any threat that your tree may fall, you should have it removed immediately. To determine whether or not your tree is in trouble, inspect it. If it is leaning, even just a little bit, take it down. If more than half of the trunk is hollowed out or if there are major cracks in the trunk, have the tree removed.
While you can hang onto a dying or dead tree for several years, it's not worth it if the tree poses a threat to you and your property. When in doubt about whether or not you can save a tree, hire a reputable tree service to do a thorough evaluation.
To learn more about tree services, contact a company like Smitty's Tree Service Inc.