5 Reasons to Have a Tree Removed


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We all enjoyed our yards this summer, but now with the morning nip in the air and the stray falling leaves, it’s time to prep your trees for the coming winter rains and storms.

When looking around your property, keep in mind that some trees just need pruning or examination for winter, but sometimes the best remedy is tree removal instead. Consider these five scenarios when tree removal by a trained arborist may be your best bet.

  1. Remove when it’s compromising your sidewalk or driveway. If the tree roots are buckling up the sidewalk or the path to your front door, you may have a liability issue on your hands. Uneven sidewalks are notorious for causing trips and injuries. Likewise, you don’t want your uneven driveway to injure anyone in your family either. If a tree’s roots are causing the problem, remove the tree before the situation worsens.
  1. Remove when it’s potentially damaging your home’s foundation. Ideally trees should not be planted right next to a home’s foundation. Some trees may have been planted with good intentions, but have grown well beyond the original planter’s estimation. If you see cracks caused by roots or any other risk to your foundation’s stability, it’s best to get the tree out.
  1. Remove when it’s a storm hazard. If you have a diseased, dead, or leaning tree, consider removing it well before a storm. A tree falling on your house, car, or power lines is an expensive and potentially dangerous fix.
  1. Remove it when it’s an eyesore. Have a tree that’s overgrown or dying, or maybe one you just don’t like? Removing it will bring a quick upgrade to your curb appeal whether you are planning to sell or not.
  1. Remove when it’s attracting pests. Dead or dying trees may attract unwelcome visitors, including termites or other pests. These may in turn decide they prefer your home instead. Removing the tree will help eliminate pest issues.

If a storm does bring a tree down on your car or house, you need to be sure you’re dealing with experts who can quickly and efficiently manage the crisis, minimizing further trouble or damage. A trained arborist can quickly and accurately assess what tree service is necessary.

Family Tree Care owners Jay Brock and Johnny Marth specialize in tree removal and clean up, repairing storm damage, stump removal, pruning, and beautification. As ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborists, they offer a high level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care. Family Tree Care serves the greater Tacoma, Lakewood and Puyallup areas and are bonded, licensed, and insured, so you know you’re in good hands. Contact Family Tree Care at (253) 234-GROW (4769), or get a free estimate today.