A tree on your property can be one of two things—a beloved and beautiful monument of your home that’s a source of fond memories, or a downright nuisance that has overstayed its welcome. Sometimes it can even be both! Whether it’s a tree that you’ve grown a strong sentimental attachment to, or one that’s been causing you all manner of problems, there comes a time where certain trees just need to come down.

Tree removal can be necessary for a variety of reasons, several of which aren’t very well-known by the average homeowner. As your local tree experts in Bellingham, we’re here to help you recognize some of the telltale signs that your tree needs to be removed.

This is a two-part article; in part one, we’ll look at signs to look for in your actual tree, and part two will focus on how the positioning of trees might necessitate removal, regardless of their health.

Part 1 – Tree Health

The Tree is an Undesirable or Invasive Species

If you care about the longevity of your outdoor area, there are some trees that you simply don’t want to come into your space. It’s not a question of how pretty the trees are (though for some, that’s a factor), but rather the effect they’ll have on your little backyard ecosystem.

There are a few things that constitute an undesirable tree:

It has weak or brittle wood: Weak trees can be problematic because they’re susceptible to the elements and run a higher risk of falling down, or losing branches that could cause damage to anything they fall on.

Prone to infestation or disease: Let’s just say that certain trees have better immune systems than others. Indeed, there are trees that are natural targets for bug infestation, which can be a big problem for your other trees when the pests look for a new target after they’ve had their fun with the original tree.

Invasive species: Trees grow in all kinds of different ways, which typically have an impact on the ecosystem around them. The bottom line is that you don’t a tree that will adversely affect the growth of the other flora in your yard. This could be an extremely aggressive roots system, a tree that sucks up most of the area’s moisture for itself, or a fast-growing species that overtakes other plants in sheer numbers.

The Tree is Damaged, Decayed, or Rotten

The reasons for removing a damaged tree are twofold—first, it’s just unsightly, and second, it’s dangerous. Your tree is susceptible to a myriad of harmful conditions, but whether it’s damaged or decayed, these both share a common trait—it makes the tree weaker.

Weak trees are not ideal for your yard. While we don’t tend to think of trees as being inherently dangerous, your mind might quickly change when the tree falls and turns into a 15,000-pound hammer that’s aimed straight at your house. Indeed, trees are extremely heavy and can wreak enormous havoc, including major property damage and fatal injuries or death to any victims in its path.

It’s not typical for a strong and healthy tree to fall for no reason; to a mature, mighty tree, even the harshest elements will often bow down to it. But all bets are off with a damaged tree—it might just choose a random day to come crashing down, or be toppled by raging weather. You won’t want to be there when it happens. If you see weak trees on your property, don’t hesitate to call your local tree removal service.

The Tree Shows Signs of Disease or Trunk Rot

Sentient creatures aren’t the only living things that are lucky enough to be susceptible to sickness and disease—your tree is capable of catching them too, and when it does, it might be a good candidate for removal.

One of the most egregious indicators to look for is trunk rot, which is characterized by fungal growth at the base or stump of the tree. Trunk rot is very difficult to treat, and more often than not signals that your tree’s time has come.

Diseases can easily kill and weaken your trees, and in a worst-case scenario, they might spread after their original host has fallen. The best preventative measure is to get a step ahead by calling your local tree removal service.

Whatcom Tree Service Can Help

If you’ve seen any of these signs, don’t wait around for a disaster to happen. Whatcom Tree Service can help you. We’re trained professionals who have been serving the Bellingham area for 30 years. Contact us today for a free estimate!