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Charlotte Tree Pruning vs. Tree Removal: How to Determine What You Need

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Thinking of hiring a tree removal company in Charlotte NC to get rid of a tree in your yard? Not so fast! You may be surprised to hear us say this, but a complete removal is not always warranted when it comes to the health of your trees and landscape. In fact, we often discourage it altogether unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Trees are essential to the health of our environment and the people in it. (Check out our previous post, “7 Reasons to Plant More Trees” for more on that.) They add beauty to your property, provide shade and natural cooling, keep soil in its place, boost property value, and help to keep the air and water clean.  If you’re not sure whether you need a tree trimming or tree removal service, here are some things to consider before making a decision.

Is the tree healthy?

Even if it’s in decline, it may still be able to survive for many more years, depending on the species and how much dead wood it contains. Generally, if 50 percent or more of the tree is damaged, we are likely to recommend a removal. However, if it is not in danger of falling on your property, it may be allowed to die in its place. Old, dead trees provide resting places and homes for woodpeckers to rest or find food. Also, tree removal can get expensive, so if you are on a tight budget, you may be better off continuing to maintain a dying tree for as long as possible without removing it, especially if it is not a threat to your property.

Where is the damage located?

Severe damage to the tree trunk often warrants removal. If the existing damage is less than 25 percent of the trunk’s circumference, it may be able to heal on its own. Dead or dying branches can be clipped from the top of the tree, allowing it to recover and continue to thrive. Evidence of internal trunk damage includes seams, vertical cracks, old large wounds, and dead branch stubs.

Are there a lot of large, dead branches?

Broken tree tops or large, damaged limbs may very well threaten your property and should be inspected. But they don’t always warrant a complete tree removal. A tree is likely to survive if less than 25 percent of its branches are dead. Regular pruning can help to prevent disease from spreading throughout your trees so they live longer. Bracing and cabling is most often done in the fall before cold preciptation hits, weighing down tree limbs and causing them to fall.

Where are the dead branches primarily located?

If they’re all on one side of the tree, it could be an indication of deeper damage to the trunk or root system on that side. In this case, the tree could become lopsided, and leaning trees should certainly be considered a hazard.

Is there a large fungus growing on the tree trunk?

It’s fine for mushrooms to grow under trees, but if they’re growing on a tree, they should be evaluated by a tree service company, as this is a sign of internal rot.

Is the tree growing close to power lines?

If so, regular tree trimming is necessary to prevent power outages and electrical problems, especially during harsh weather seasons when branches can easily sway, break, and fall. Bear in mind that this is NOT a DIY job! Avoid potential electrocution and ALWAYS hire a professional who is properly licensed and insured to prune trees close to power lines.

Have you consulted with a professional? 

It’s important to have your trees regularly inspected by a certified arborist to ensure they are not in danger of falling or causing property damage in harsh-weather seasons. A professional tree service company can help you determine whether tree trimming is enough to keep your landscape in order or if a complete tree removal is necessary. And a good arborist will move in favor of tree pruning and planting whenever possible.

These are just a few of the questions to consider when deciding whether to hire a professional to prune or remove your trees. There are a lot more factors that may come into play. As the premier tree service company in Charlotte NC, we can help you decide on the best course of action for your property and budget.

Give us a call at (704) 207-0842 for a FREE inspection and estimate!

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