There are many reasons why someone would want to remove a tree that is on their property. It could be a particularly large tree that is blocking a lot of light from the house or it could have become rotten and be in danger of falling. Many people try to remove trees themselves, but they quickly learn that the process is difficult and extremely dangerous. Many people suffer terrible injuries thanks to tree removals that have gone wrong. It can even cause damage to property and the environment if done incorrectly. Therefore, it is vital that you deal with a tree removal professional when removing a tree. However, before you employ these tree services, you need to decide whether you should remove the tree in the first place. Here is some advice to keep in mind when making your decision.

Health of the tree

If more than half of the tree is damaged, it is advised that you should remove it. A tree in this type of condition will continue to deteriorate into the future and will continue to have abnormal growth and a strange appearance. Signs of damage to look for on the trunk include seams, vertical cracks, stubs of dead branches and old, large wounds that suggest substantial internal decay. Normally if the damage is not substantial, you can wait and see if it is only a temporary wound and may repair itself.

The tree may even be hollow. A tree that is hollow can still survive many years because the support system is located on the outer circumference of the trunk. However, a hollow tree can cause structural issues if the weight of the branches cannot be upheld. Therefore, if there is a substantial hollow, the tree should be removed. If there are a lot of dead branches on the tree, this can be a sign of gradual internal decay. If branches are crossing or rubbing against one another, they should be removed, as there is a risk if them breaking and falling.

Environment of the tree

Trees that are growing near to water or rocky ledges will often have a shallow root system. If trees are suddenly exposed to additional sunlight after a construction project, this can severely stress the tree, as it will struggle to adjust to this increased exposure. Construction also negatively affects the compactness of the soil and changes in the grade of the soil. If the tree is located within a close distance of power lines, it should be ensured that there is absolutely no risk of damaging these lines. There should always be substantial room for the tree to grow. 

For more information, contact a local tree service like A Green Tree Lopping Service. They can help you determine if a tree needs to be removed and then do the work for you if necessary.