6 Common Reasons for Tree Removal

Blog Category: Tree Care
June 2, 2021 by Wright Outdoor Solutions
Wright Outdoor Solutions employee performing a residential tree branch removal using a bucket truck

Trees provide a wealth of benefits from shade and improved air quality to aesthetic and sentimental significance. Given their value, tree removal is not often the first thing thought of when a tree is in need. There are situations, however, when removal is necessary for safety, property updates or even to alleviate excess mess. Here are some reasons it may be time to remove your tree:

Diseased Trees

Many tree diseases and infestations can be treated, especially when caught early. When a disease has spread throughout the tree or is untreatable, however, the tree will continue to weaken over time, becoming hazardous and making it best to remove.

How to Know if a Tree is Diseased

Most often, diseased trees or those with a pest infestation will start to change appearance in how they leaf out, the color of their foliage, bark appearance, etc. It is best to schedule a consultation with one of our International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists if you notice changes in your tree that you feel should be assessed. They can provide expert guidance on the next best steps for you and the tree.

Woodpeckers and Tree Health

If you’ve noticed woodpeckers frequenting a tree, it may be an indication that decay is present and you should contact our team for a consultation. Woodpeckers love to feed on wood-boring insects, such as the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Although it often looks as though the woodpecker is causing the damage itself, healthy trees can typically withstand a few woodpecker holes. Their attention to a certain tree is an indication that there is likely a pest infestation within the tree taking place and it should be evaluated by one of our ISA Certified Arborists.

Damaged Trees

There are many reasons trees can become damaged, including:

  • Tree age
  • Weather events
  • Improper pruning
  • Large wounds from yard equipment
  • Diseases and pests

When a large portion of a tree has become damaged, especially where the main trunk is involved, it may be irreparable and lead to hazardous decay. Hazardous trees pose a risk to surrounding areas as they could drop and strike a home, structure, vehicle or even a person. When you notice damage to a tree, it is important to schedule a consultation with an ISA Certified Arborist to assess the tree and determine next steps.

Dead Tree Removal

Trees that have died will weaken over time, becoming a hazard to the surrounding area and potentially attracting pests. As their weakened structures can make them highly unstable, it is best to remove them as soon as possible. Our team of ISA Certified Arborists can assess your tree and determine the best process for a safe removal.

Poor Location

Ideally, each tree would be planted in the most optimum location for nutrients and lighting as well as provide ample room to grow. Too often trees are planted in locations that, when small, pose little to no risk but as they grow, they get too close to power lines, homes or buildings. The tree roots themselves can cause issues sometimes as well, hindering things like sewer lines. When the tree’s location makes it a danger, removal is necessary to keep surrounding people and property safe. Our team of ISA Certified Arborists are always happy to come out and assess your tree to determine next steps. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Tree Removal for Construction

When you are ready to expand the footprint of your home or building, or you want to create an outdoor living space where a tree is located, you may have to consider removal to accommodate your expansion plans. The tree may not be considered a hazard, it just simply is right in the path of planned construction and must be removed to create space.


Certain species of trees, such as a cottonwood, buckeye or black walnut tree can create quite a mess from the dropping of large seeds, nuts and twigs. Cleanup may be more than you want to maintain, calling for removal.

Do you have a tree you would like removed or one you think may be hazardous? It is best to have an ISA Certified Arborist assess your tree to determine the best plan. Our team of ISA Certified Arborists always love to talk trees and would be happy to come out and talk with you more. Give us a call at 515.987.0800 or request a quote online to get started.