Do You Have to Get Rid of Your Favourite Tree?

By: albertaarb - February 4, 2015

We know that trees can bring a range of benefits to our home, lives and to the environment. But for safety reasons, it’s often important to know when it’s time consider tree removal for that favourite tree in your yard. A professional arborist can help you make the decision on whether a tree should be left alone or be cut down to prevent property damage.


Consider this comment in a recent letter to the Ask Real Estate Section of the New York Times:

“Shareholders who live in the garden apartment said that large roots make the backyard uneven, causing chairs and tables to wobble. They recently told the board that they plan to shave a 12-foot-long root to level the area and then cover the ground in flagstone. An arborist told them that doing this could kill the tree," said Park Slope of Brooklyn.


This highlights the importance of specialist knowledge when considering tree removal. Before calling an arborist, it’s important that you know and recognize the signs of an impending problem with your favourite tree.

The Surrounding Ground


The surrounding ground around the tree is a critical area for examination when assessing tree health. It’s important to pull away brush and leaves from around the base of the tree to begin the assessment process. You may find there’s cracked or raised soil in the opposite direction to the lean of the tree. This could indicate root disturbances.

Another important sign on the surrounding ground of the tree is fungal growth. Fungal growth such as mushrooms is a clear sign that there’s decay or rot within the tree roots. To determine the safety of the tree, it’s important to determine the extent of any underground decay. You should call a professional arborist immediately upon noticing fungal growth around the base of the tree.

The Branches

Many branches will lose their leaves naturally in wintertime. However, dead branches will lose their bark after a period of time. This is a critical sign that the branch may have to be removed to protect the rest of the tree and the surrounding area. You may also notice small pockets of dark decay on the branch, which is a sign that the branch is unhealthy and must be examined further by an arborist.

The Trunk

While the entire tree can break and split open if there are cracks within the trunk, the presence of this type of cavity doesn’t necessarily mean the entire tree has to come down. Arborists will use specially-designed tools such as a resistograph to determine whether there’s enough trunk thickness to keep the entire tree upright. One of the most important signs of a tree trunk problem is missing bark, which may indicate a fungal issue.

You should also examine the tree trunk for signs of insect infestation. These signs may include light-colored saw-dust shavings, which may be related to ants burrowing in the trunk, and marble sized pieces of sap, which could indicate a pine beetle infestation. Each of these signs should be followed-up through a consultation with an expert arborist.

Are You in Need of Tree Removal Services?

Although tree removal is a last resort, there are certain circumstances when it is required.  At Alberta Arborists, we can help you decide whether or not a tree should be removed. Should your tree need to be removed, our staff will use the proper techniques and professional equipment to ensure that your tree comes down in the absolute safest manner possible.

For more information about our tree service please do not hesitate to contact us.

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