How to Know It’s Time to Say Goodbye

September 1, 2020
September 1, 2020 Ryan McFadgen

How to Know It’s Time to Say Goodbye

When a tree is really and truly dead, it needs to come down. Leaving it can be risky, since dead trees become a risk for falling on your house, car, other property, or even a person.

But for other trees, the answers aren’t so simple. If the tree is diseased or otherwise weakened, you might be tempted to try and save it. How do you know when that’s possible, and when should you accept the inevitable and say goodbye?

Where is the tree located? Is it near your home or other property? If it falls, will it take out power lines or a children’s play structure? If the tree poses a significant risk to live or property, and is significantly compromised already, it might be better to go ahead and have it removed.

What is the cost of attempting to recover the tree? Treating a diseased tree isn’t always cheap. Some problems can be fixed with the appropriate nutrients, water, or anti-fungal treatments. Others require specialized applications and can require several years to restore to good health. Often, you will need to consult a tree expert to be sure you’re doing the right things… And even then, there are not guarantees, which brings us to our third consideration.

What are the odds of recovery? A professional arborist can give you an honest assessment of your tree’s odds of recovery. With damage, loss of 25-50 percent of the canopy spells disaster for most hardwood trees. But with disease, even a 15 percent loss of canopy can signify an unlikely recovery. It is possible that you would spend quite a lot of money to recover the tree, only to lose it anyway.

Is the disease communicable? If other trees on your property are at risk, removing the diseased one right away can often save the rest.

If you assess these three factors and decide that tree removal is necessary, try not to feel bad about it. Trees live long lives, but nothing lives forever. Chances are good that most of the trees on your property will thrive for years to come. Call us for an estimate on your tree removal, and we can walk you through the process and help you make the decision that is right for you.

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