Is It Necessary to Remove a Damaged Tree?


No one likes to remove trees, especially if they are an arborist. However, sometimes removal is the only option. If you have damaged trees on your property, then you may need to have a professional take it down. Although, just because a tree is damaged does not mean it is beyond repair. Check your tree for the following four signs of damage before choosing removal.

Damaged or Cracked Trunk

If there is significant damage or a crack that extends deep into the lower trunk, then you will likely have to remove the tree. The trunk is the foundation of the tree, and if it is compromised, then the rest of the tree may snap off and fall, meaning that it becomes a property hazard.

Bark Inclusions

Bark inclusions are dark areas at the top of a split, and it likely indicates that removal is imminent. The presence of this dark material on damaged trees alludes to a weak connection between the branches which may lead to eventual and likely breakage.

Safety Hazard

Any time damage causes a tree to become a significant safety hazard; it should be removed. For instance, if a wind storm has caused a tree to start leaning toward a property, or if the damage to the tree has made it off-balanced, then removal is the best way to ensure everyone’s safety.

Broken or Severed Roots

While there are occasions where a tree is blown over and can be saved, much of that scenario depends on the completeness of the root system. The roots anchor a tree to the earth and also sustain the tree by soaking up and providing nutrition. If a tree is uprooted and its primary roots are intact, you may be able to save it. However, if the roots are broken and severed, then the tree will need to be removed before it dies.

While most people do not want to see trees removed, sometimes it is necessary. However, before deciding on the removal of your damaged trees, you should hire a professional to assess the viability of the tree to see if restoration is possible.