When no other safe management alternative, such as trimming or disease mitigation, is feasible, tree removal is usually used as a last resort. Dead, decaying, or otherwise hazardous trees can cause thousands of dollars in damage, not to mention the additional cost of personal injury. Often, a tree may not appear threatening until a storm or strong winds exposes its weaknesses. As a tree owner, you are accountable for any damage or harm resulting from the failure to remove a tree that should have been taken down. The good news is that you can usually identify if a tree is in distress by examining its branches, trunk, roots, and position. And if you need a keen eye, one our Columbia Tree Services can help you in diagnosing your tree’s condition.
When It's Time to Call an Arborist
Large, Dead Limbs are Observable in the Crown of the Tree
There are Indications of Infection
The Trunk has Been Damaged
There are Signs of Root Damage or Deficiency
Your Tree is Not Developing Properly
The Tree Trunk is Hollow Inside
The Tree Suddenly and Unexpectedly Leans to One Side
You Notice Sprouts Near the Tree's Base
The Tree is Close to Power Lines
The Tree is Situated in Close Proximity to a House or Other Structure
Other Considerations Before Removing a Tree
Although some tree failures occur suddenly and without warning, it’s comforting to know that the majority of them may be avoided with preventative care. The best time to examine and evaluate a tree is before the worst of the spring/summer storms and heavy winter snowfall. Most tree removal jobs are dangerous for the typical home or property owner, so if you see any of the above red flags, call one of our tree professionals today at (573) 303-0860.