Landscaping And Lawn Care: 4 Telltale Signs It's Time To Remove That Tree

Posted on: 26 May 2015

The warmer months means homeowners are outside more often. If you have been outside and noticed that the large tree in your yard is no longer beautiful, you may think nothing of it. However, sometimes a tree becomes dangerous and needs to be removed. 

So when should you have a tree removed? Here are four telltale signs:

1. Rotting Roots

Root rot is one of the most common issues with large trees. Rotting occurs when the soil surrounding the tree—and its roots—has been wet for a prolonged period of time. Although this is more common in areas that receive significant rainfall, it can happen anywhere.

Surprisingly, root rot is usually noticed in the branches and leaves first. You might notice small or shriveled leaves; however, you may also notice that the tree looks a little sparse or bald. If you see that the tree looks a little sparse, look closer. Other signs of root rot include dark lines in the bark, soft roots, and oozing sap.   

2. Discoloration

Sometimes, discoloration on a tree is normal. However, if you notice an orange or red color on your tree, it may signify a fire blight. This condition is usually seen in fruit trees, but it may occur in any tree. Wet weather and soaring temperatures cause fire blight, so it is usually most common in the spring months.

If you suspect your tree is suffering from fire blight, look for other signs such as bent branches. Dead leaves or fruit is another telltale sign.

3. Slime Flux

Like humans and animals, trees are also susceptible to bacterial infections. One common infection is "Slime Flux," which can occur naturally or from outdoor conditions. It can also be found on wounded trees.

Slime flux usually appears as a wet spot on the tree. The tree may constantly look wet in one specific area for days or months. It might also appear to be "weeping," with thick, black sap.

4. Location

Finally, a tree may need to removed simply due to location. If you have a large tree that has branches that hang over your home, or the tree block out the sun to your roof, it may need to be removed. Additionally, trees that interfere with power lines and sewage may also need to be removed.

Determining when to remove a tree can be difficult. If you still aren't sure whether you need your tree removed, contact a tree removal service (such as Souliere & Son Tree SpeclSts). A professional will inspect the tree and give you a definitive answer.