At the end of the day, there aren’t too many property owners that want to have a tree removed. In addition to their beauty in the landscape, trees are also very beneficial and vital to the community and the environment. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and other animals. One mature tree can release a days’ supply of oxygen for four people, all while absorbing carbon dioxide and other harmful gases such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide from our polluted air. To name a few more qualities…trees contribute in water cycle, climate change, provide us wood, makes the environment cooler, provides shade, etc.
With that all being said, it is also very important to understand when a tree poses a threat and must be removed. Tree removal is typically the last resort, when no other safe management option, like pruning or disease management, is sufficient. Dead, dying or otherwise hazardeous trees could lead to thousands of dollars in damage, plus the potential “priceless” cost of personal injury. Monitor your trees and if you see any of the following symptoms, it may be time to contact your arborist for a professional opinion