5 Signs You Need to Remove a Tree From Your Yard

A large, leafy tree is a beautiful addition to any garden. And if you have spent years growing a tree from a sapling, it might even be your pride and joy.

However, when that tree is damaged, dying, leaning, or causing a hazard, it’s time to take an honest look at whether it needs removal.

Before you remove a tree, read through our short guide on the 5 most common signs that a tree might be causing a potential problem in your yard. 

Potential Decay

If a tree is dying or dead, then it’s time to remove it. However, before you make that decision, you need to spot the signs of a tree that is beyond repair.

First, look for signs of disease. Check the bark to establish if it has cracks or is frequently falling away from the tree trunk. Discolored and dying leaves are also a sign of possible disease.

Mushrooms growing on the bark is also a warning sign. They could indicate the trunk is beginning to rot on the inside, making the tree a hazard, especially if it is large and could fall on a property.

A dead tree isn’t always easy for an amateur to spot. If you are concerned about a tree in your garden, it is worth getting a professional arborist to come and assess it for you.

Storm Damage

One of the most common causes of tree damage is a storm.

If you have suffered a recent hurricane or tornado, or you’ve experienced high winds over a prolonged period, it might be time to take a look at your trees for signs of storm damage

Some storm damage will be apparent, such as uprooted trees and large broken branches. Still, you can also look at things like an uneven tree canopy or visible roots that were not previously visible. 

Building Foundations

As a tree grows, so do the roots. Large trees, when planted close to a building, can cause problems with the foundations.

The best way to find out your risk to building foundations is to get a consultation from an arborist. They can examine the size of the tree and provide an estimate of where the roots may spread to under the ground.

However, you can estimate yourself, as most tree roots spread around two or three times the size of a tree canopy.

The Tree Is Leaning

Once a tree is visibly leaning, there is a massively increased risk of that entire tree falling. Not only could that be a hazard to buildings and cars, but it also poses a threat to life and so the tree must be removed urgently.

Of course, many trees may grow at a slight angle. Still, if you have noticed a recent change to the angle or the angle is greater than 45 degrees, the tree needs an urgent assessment from a tree removal company

Large, Overhanging Branches

When branches overhang neighboring gardens, buildings, or outdoor furnishings, they can cause a nuisance from falling leaves that may be hard to clear. 

Smaller trees with a slight overhang can typically be trimmed back. However, if a large portion of the tree is causing an ongoing problem, it might be time to consider removing the tree altogether. 

Remove a Tree: Next Steps

Don’t let a problem tree create stress or worry. If your garden is a potential hazard, it is better to sort it as early as possible by hiring specialists to remove a tree. 

If you have a tree that needs expert eyes, contact us today for a free estimate of your tree removal. 


We serve anyone in need of tree removal, trimming, stump grinding, or land clearing.

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