When you have a problematic tree or two on your property, you have to decide whether it’s best to remove it or leave it alone. Besides the removal cost, you also have to consider several factors such as its location on your property, how much damage or decay there is, how much of it is damaged, its species, and more.

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In this article, we provide some common problems that call for tree extraction for the safety of you and your property. If you have further questions or are looking for a certified arborist to inspect the trees on your property, give us a call or fill out our online form today!

When There is Internal Decay

Internal decay is reflected by many things, some of which we discuss below. This can create a very dangerous situation depending on the extent of the damage. 

Trunk Damage

Vertical cracks and large wounds are two common signs of internal rotting. Take a look at the trunk – if the damage covers more than ¼ of the trunk’s circumference, it might be best to have a professional remove the tree.

A Hollow Trunk

We recommend that if more than about 30% of the trunk is hollow, you should remove it as soon as possible. A hollow trunk is a weaker trunk, and this creates an extremely dangerous situation that can lead to significant property damage, injury, and even death! However, if less than 30% of the trunk is hollow, it is most likely okay to let the tree remain as the outer shell of the trunk (made up of the xylem and phloem) is what keeps it standing; not the inside of the tree.

Large Dead Branches

Large dying branches are another indication of internal decay. One thing to look out for is whether all the dead branches are on only one side of the tree. This could signify root and/or trunk rot and can create a hazardous environment. If more than ¼ of the branches are dead, full removal is best.

Where is the Tree Located?

If it is near your home where it can cause severe damage and injury to you and your family, it should be removed right away. A certified arborist can inspect it and determine whether it needs to be trimmed down (if only a certain section is dangerous) or if it needs to be removed.

Why Hire a Professional Arborist?

When you’re dealing with large, hazardous trees, it is highly recommended to hire a professional with years of industry experience and the right tools and equipment. This is a dangerous job that requires expertise and thorough training. A professional possesses the needed certifications and licenses to ensure you get safe, quality service.

Call Red Beard Tree Removal today and get a free estimate for any of our services. We offer removal, trimming, pruning, wildfire mitigation, and more. We look forward to serving you!

Need some helpful tips on how to hire the right contractor for the job? Check out our article “How to Hire a Tree Removal Professional“!