When a tree develops problems, it can be challenging to decide whether to remove it or treat it. This is not a decision that should be made by anyone other than a certified arborist. There are too many factors to consider and to remove a tree that simply needs treatment would be a shame. T & L Tree Service is in the business of saving trees whenever possible – that’s one reason our St. Louis area communities rely on our arborists to help them diagnose and treat tree issues.
When Not to Remove a Tree
It can be such a tough decision to remove a tree. Quite often, emotional ties and the benefits of the tree can come into play. The good news is, there are times when a dying tree can be left alone. Trees in natural wooded areas that do not pose a danger to property and people can be allowed to die in place without intervention. Dead trees provide food and nesting areas for birds and other wildlife and compost into the forest floor providing nutrients for the soil. If you have acres of property and a wooded area, leaving dying trees alone can be beneficial.
When It’s Time to Remove a Tree
Dead or dying trees in populated areas, yards, and on commercial property pose safety risks and hazards and best be removed. Trees that have structural defects could also cause potential injury to people or damage property. In both scenarios, these trees need immediate attention and should be evaluated by a T & L Tree certified arborist.
Ash trees that have been killed by Emerald Ash Borer are also a big concern. Their wood becomes very brittle due to borer damage and limb breakage is a major issue. Removing these trees can be tricky, that’s why we recommend contacting our certified professional arborists to have dead ash trees assessed and removed as soon as possible.
What We Assess Before Removal
- Is it a desirable species?
- How healthy is it?
- Cause of illness/death?
- Is there trunk damage?
- Is the tree hollow?
- Dead branches, how many and where?
- Sprouts coming from the base of the tree?
- Trunk rot or fungus?
- Is it leaning?
- Is there root damage?
- How will it affect surrounding trees?
- Is the tree historic?
- Does it pose a risk?
Can Your Tree Be Saved?
If you feel you have an unhealthy or dead tree that needs removing, contact our certified arborists for an inspection. Our experienced tree specialists will give you an honest assessment and estimate for treatment or removal options. Contact us early on and we may be able to save your tree. 314-895-1883