Deciding to remove a tree is rarely an easy decision, but sometimes it is a necessary one.  A dead or dying tree may be able to be maintained for a while in an effort to preserve the appearance of your property, but eventually it will put a strain on the rest of your ecosystem and can put you at risk for dangerous accidents or property damage.

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    When Should A Tree Be Removed?

    There are a few factors that go into the need for tree removal, the most important of which is safety.  A dead tree is at risk of dropping branches and debris or becoming uprooted/ falling over, which can lead to extensive property damage or even injury or death.

    Things to look at when evaluating the safety risk of your tree(s) include:

    • Position.  Does the tree appear lopsided or unstable?  It is growing close to power lines?
    • Stability.  Are the roots visible?  Does the surrounding soil appear loose/ easily shifted?  Are there hollows within the trunk of the tree?
    • Damage.  Does the tree or its branches appear to have multiple cracks or splits?  Was there any recent damage sustained from a strong storm or other event?

    The species of the tree may also have a part to play in whether or not a struggling tree needs to come down.  Some tree species - such as white oak, magnolia, and hickory trees - are naturally sturdy with deep roots, and are less inclined to become uprooted in strong weather or drop debris.  Species with shallower roots and a more delicate structure (i.e. Common Maple, Willows, Poplars, Mulberry trees, etc.) pose a higher risk and may not last as long before needing to be removed.

    The health of the tree should also be considered when weighing whether or not to opt for removal.  “Sick” trees - that is, trees suffering from a disease, from parasites, or from an insect/ pest infestation - can still be rehabilitated much of the time with proper care and pruning.  However, a tree that is excessively damaged will likely require removal.

    Get Professional Help for Tree Removal

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    Tree removal can be a very dangerous process that requires the proper expertise and equipment; it should not be attempted by anyone other than a professional.  Attempting to remove a tree on your own can result in the tree or debris falling incorrectly, leading to property damage and/ or injury and death.  There is also the risk of injury in using the complex, heavy-duty machinery required to fell a tree.

    Additionally, a professional arborist will be able to move a tree much more quickly and efficiently than an untrained individual.  The process will take much less time, and our specialists are skilled enough to avoid any damage to your property (or unnecessary mess!).

    Finally, taking down your tree safely usually requires a bit more than an axe and some elbow grease.  Hiring a professional may have a cost, but you will ultimately end up saving money that you would otherwise have to invest in the proper equipment and machinery to perform a tree removal on your own.  

    Depending on the size of your tree, the cost of purchasing or renting such equipment could total up to thousands of dollars, and you would still be stuck doing all the hard work yourself!

    If you have a tree on your property that needs to be removed, then Haverhill Tree Pros are the experts for the job.  Give us a call at the number listed above or fill out our online form to schedule your tree removal service.

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