Trees are resilient plants that can live for several years and even centuries. However, some trees eventually become diseased or damaged and need to be cut down for safety reasons.

If a tree on your property shows any of these signs, it may need to be removed to prevent injury or property damage.

Holes In the Trunk

Trees can self-prune by dropping unnecessary branches, resulting in a hole in the trunk. A small hole surrounded by healthy wood is usually not a concern, but a large hole with little solid wood around it may lead to further decay. To determine if a hole in the trunk is a problem, compare its size to the rest of the trunk. If it’s small, it can be left alone, but if it’s substantial or you’re unsure, contact a tree service for an arborist assessment. While the tree may not need to be removed immediately, it could be in danger.

Dead Branches

Dead sections and branches of trees should be removed promptly as they are no longer living and weak, making them prone to breaking during storms or high winds. Branches, regardless of size, should be cut down as they pose a hazard.

A small branch can cause injury to people or pets or damage roofs if it falls at the right moment. The extent of removal depends on the overall health of the tree; only dead branches may need to be cut, or the entire tree may have to be removed. To determine the best course of action, consult with an arborist.

Weak Branch Unions

Unions are where branches and trunks connect, and they can become weakened when multiple branches grow too close together with bark between them.

Even if these branches are not dead, they may still be weakened. If you notice branches that don’t seem to be firmly attached to the trunk, the tree may be suffering from weak unions.

Branches with weak unions are more likely to break in a storm or when someone climbs on them, and they only make the area of the tree more overcrowded. Affected branches should be cut off.

A Tilted Trunk

Trees that are naturally tilted are usually supported by their root system, and there is no need to cut them down. However, if the tilt is caused by external factors such as wind, the tree may need to be removed.

Trees that have been pushed over by wind may not have root systems strong enough to support the uneven weight, and the entire tree, roots and all, could be torn out in a storm.

For tree removal services, contact R & R Tree and Landscaping in Atlanta. We will ensure your trees are healthy and safe!