When is it finally time to remove that tree? Ideally, before the worst happens. A lot of times, a tree can become so familiar that it’s hard to imagine what your yard would be like without it. They’re beautiful, they create shade, attract wildlife, and make a lovely sound in the breeze, but sometimes an old or decaying tree can be much more harm to keep than it’s worth. There are obvious and not so obvious reasons to remove a tree that you think may be a problem in the future. The obvious reasons: The tree is dead, the tree is unhealthy, you may take notice if the top of the tree or branches are dying back, or the trunk shows signs of decay, the tree was damaged in a storm, the tree is growing too close to – or the roots are encroaching on- your house, barn, utility lines or other structures, or the tree is leaning in a dangerous direction, like toward your house, driveway, deck or your childrens’ play area. The rotted wood and reduced strength mean that the tree branches are more likely to fall during strong winds or storms. Even without wind or storms, dead branches are more likely to fall at any given time, risking injury and damage to anyone nearby. The NOT so obvious reasons: The tree has structural problems, such as interior decay, there are cracks in the main trunk or leaders, the tree is too large for its location and poses a danger if it should fall or drop branches, the tree is in the way of construction or will be mortally damaged by heavy equipment, or the tree is diseased or insect infestation will eventually cause tree death or spread to other trees. So there are a lot of factors to consider when you think the time is right for a tree removal. This is why it is important to give one of our tree experts a call for a free estimate to analyze the state of your tree.