For many of us, the trees on our property have been around for as long as we can remember.  Some of us may have planted and nursed our trees from seedlings to the proud giants that they are today. Either way, we know that many homeowners form special bonds with their trees and don’t want to think about having them removed. On top of the sentimental struggle, the process sounds like a hassle and thinking about tree removal can be very daunting. Trees have a natural life cycle and face many threats that can compromise their health and stability. If they aren’t removed at the right time, they can pose a serious threat to the safety of your family and the value of your home or business. 

In today’s post, we discuss the warning signs that indicate that it is time to have your tree removed. Remember, tree removal is a very physical and dangerous task that should only be performed by trained professionals. Pro Tree Service has over 40 years of experience working in the Chicago area — contact us today for all of your residential, commercial, and municipal tree services!

A broken tree branch

Signs That It’s Time for Tree Removal

You Notice Signs of Infection

Like all living things, trees are vulnerable to infections that can seriously compromise their health and structural integrity. If you notice that the wood of your tree is soft and crumbles easily, or if there are deep splits or cracks in the bark, your tree may be infected. Other signs of infection include: woodpeckers feeding heavily on your tree (eating the pests that have infected your tree), as well as the appearance of fungi. 

You Notice Large Dead Branches in the Crown of Your Tree

This can pose a serious risk to the safety of anyone near your tree. If large, dead branches begin accumulating in the crown of your tree, it is only a matter of time before one falls, especially in the windy climate of the Chicago area. This is a risk that you can’t afford, contact Pro Tree Service to have this dealt with immediately. 

Your Tree Is a Runt 

If you have a tree that never looks as healthy as the the trees surrounding it, there can be many causes. If your tree has stopped growing, or is displaying discolored foliage or thin leaf cover, you need to take action. There may still be ways to save your tree, but only an expert will be able to help you at this point. Contact Pro Tree Service to have this issue diagnosed.

arborist cutting down a tree with a chainsawYour Tree Looks Like the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Okay, it doesn’t have to be that dramatic, but if you notice that your tree has started leaning to one side, this can indicate serious structural problems that need to be addressed. If you see this, don’t wait — get in touch with a professional

Your Tree Trunk is Hollow

As a kid, looking inside of a hollow tree trunk can be fascinating. As magical as it might seem, this fantasy can come to an abrupt end when it affects the structural integrity of your tree. If you notice a hollow tree trunk, it may be time for tree removal

Your Tree Is Close to Another Structure 

We love our large, long-standing trees, but if they are getting a little too close to another structure, the consequences can be severe. Nothing will ruin your relationship with your neighbor quicker than having a large tree branch devastate their roof or another part of their home. If this happens, you will not only find yourself paying for costly repairs, you will still have to pay to have the tree removed. John’s Pro Tree Service offers free tree removal estimates and the most competitive rates through our Best Price Guarantee. Don’t put your finances our safety at risk — contact us today

Your Tree Is Growing Beneath Power Lines

This one may seem obvious to many, but you would be surprised how often this can go unaddressed. This is a severe safety hazard, and if the offending tree is on your property you can be held accountable for a large variety of consequences caused by a downed or compromised power line. Don’t wait around for something bad to happen, take advantage of our tree removal services to avert any potential disasters.

Saying goodbye to one of your trees can be hard, but knowing when it is time for tree removal is important. Be proactive and avoid costly disasters by keeping an eye out for any of the indicators listed above. Fully licensed, insured and bonded, Pro Tree Service is the premier provider of tree removal services in the Chicago area — get in touch with us today!