Over time, trees can become weak. Your old tree may still be healthy with a little care, but it may also need to be removed. Some signs that you need to have a tree removed are rot in the trunk, disease and insect infestation. If you have a old tree that you are not sure about, here are some signs that it may be time to cut it down:
1. Extensive Damage And Rotting In Trunk
Damage to trees can leave them exposed to disease and insects. Over the years, the wounds can be covered by new growth, but the inside may still be damaged. The trunk of the tree may begin to rot and hollow out. This can leave the tree exposed to many dangers, such as animals, insects and disease. The rot in the trunk can eventually weaken it to a point where it is no longer healthy and poses a danger to your personal property or to anyone on your grounds. If you have a tree with a hollow trunk, it is a good idea to have it removed before it falls and causes damage.
2. Disease Killing The Tree Canopy
The canopy of a tree can be a sign of its health. When branches at the top of the tree become weak and start to die, this can be a sign of a more serious problem. It can be insects eating the inside of the tree or disease. Sometimes, trimming may be done to save the tree and prevent further damage. You may also have it treated for insects to prevent pests from killing it. If there is too much damage, the tree may need to be cut down.
3. Insect Infestation That Requires Tree Removal
Insect infestations can be another problem that causes damage to healthy trees. If the insects are an invasive species, it may be a good idea to remove the tree to prevent damage to other healthy trees. You can have an arborist inspect your tree and recommend a treatment for the pests that are killing your tree. With quick treatment, you may be able to save your tree and avoid tree removal.
These are some signs that your tree has reached the end of its life and needs to be cut. If you need help caring for your tree, contact a professional tree removal service, like Desert Gardens Outdoor Services, Inc., to evaluate the condition of your tree.