Welcome to part two of our blog series about spotting trees that need to be removed! In part one, we looked at the how a tree’s health can indicate a need for tree removal. However, sometimes trees that are perfectly healthy and mature also need to come down. Trees have a nasty habit growing where it’s most inconvenient. In this post, we’ll look at how the location or the growth of a tree might necessitate the services of professional tree experts.

Whatcom Tree Service has served the Bellingham area for 30 years, and we’ve sure learned a lot about trees since then. Take it from a professional; here are some red flags you should look for in your trees.

Part 2 – Tree Location and Growth

The Tree is Under or Near a Power Line

There are so many delightful duos in this world—cookies and milk, peanut butter and chocolate, peas and carrots! Unfortunately, trees and power lines aren’t one of them. In fact, you want trees and power lines to be as far from each other as possible, so if your tree is growing up into a power line’s personal space, you should take action.

When a tree comes into contact with a power line, there’s not a sure guarantee that something terrible will happen, but the bottom line is that there are too many potential unpleasant outcomes that just doesn’t make it worth the risk of keeping the tree around. Don’t believe us? Here are some of the risks that trees and power lines pose together:

Trees can become electrically live: On some occasions, trees can become a conduit for the electricity in the power line, which is no joke. We don’t need to tell you why you wouldn’t want your kids climbing that tree.

It can start a fire: It’s hard to predict the exact conditions where a tree and a power line will cause a fire, but it suffices to say that it can happen, and why would you risk that? Also, keep in mind that a fire in your yard could easily spread to your home.

The tree or its branches can fall on the wires: This one is a doozy for many reasons. Rough impacts on power lines can cause outages, and in a worst-case scenario, the might of a full-grown tree’s weight could severely damage them or bust their support system, and you do not want live power lines flailing around where they shouldn’t. Oh, and let’s not forget that your tree’s accident could leave a lot of people in your neighborhood without power. Not worth it.

The Tree is Leaning

Do you have a tree that has suddenly decided to start slouching? Did this conveniently occur in the wake of a nasty storm? If your tree is leaning, it’s an indicator that the tree has been forcibly pushed somehow (usually through weather), or that its roots are damaged. In both instances, there’s a high likelihood that the tree will eventually fall. We don’t need to explain why that can be a terrible thing when you’re not prepared for it, so do yourself a favor and call in your local tree experts if you see this happening.



Your Tree Doesn’t Have Room to Grow

Some trees just had the bad luck of being born into an overpopulated world, and if this is the case, you might need to step in. Some trees start sprouting in very close proximity to other trees, or near buildings that would eventually stifle their growth.

If it becomes increasingly clear that the tree won’t have room to adequately grow, do yourself a favor and get it removed before it becomes more of a nuisance. Trees tend to go through desperate measures when they can’t grow properly, and if it starts entangling itself with its environment it’s going to be tremendously more difficult to get rid of later on.

Call Your Local Tree Experts in Bellingham

In the Bellingham area, there’s not exactly a shortage of trees to be found, and that’s why Whatcom Tree Service has been serving the community for 30 years with expert tree removal. We hope you’ve learned something from this list—if you see any of these signs in your yard, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to remove your trees and provide you with outstanding customer service.