How Do You Know When You Need Tree Removal and Not Just Trimming?

Very often, when a tree gets too thick and provides too much shade, you can trim some old branches to allow in sunlight and fresh air, and the tree can remain on your property. However, there are times when it's best to have a tree removed altogether, either because trimming it won't address its overall condition and how it interferes with your property, or because it may be a danger to your property altogether. Note when a tree may need to be removed versus trimmed.

1. When roots are choking plumbing pipes or a home's foundation 

Typically, there is only so much you can do to trim back roots or move them into another area when they're breaking through plumbing pipes or have attached to a home's foundation, and relocating the pipes or patching the cracks caused by roots is almost always going to be much more expensive than removing a tree. When tree roots break through pipes, this allows dirt and sediment to seep through, causing clogs, and the pipes may eventually burst completely. Cracks in a home's foundation can mean water leaks and other damage. If the tree is interfering with plumbing or your home in this way, it may need to be removed altogether.

2. If the tree is an undesirable species

An undesirable species of tree may be one that is always dropping or otherwise leaving something unwanted on your property; this can include pinecones, sap, or other debris. Some species of trees have very shallow roots that come up under pavement and lawns, which in turn can mean cracked driveways and walkways. Others may attract certain insects and pests that make it difficult to enjoy the outdoor space. If the tree seems bothersome, you don't want to simply trim back branches or roots, but should have it removed completely instead.

3. If the tree interferes with drainage in your yard

Tree roots can hold moisture in a yard and help to prevent soil erosion. However, this can be a problem if your property is not sloped or graded away from the tree. Holding moisture can mean soil that is too soft and moist. In turn, you may see concrete start to buckle as it shifts with the changes of soft soil. When moisture collects around a home's foundation, this too can cause cracks and eventual water leaks. Rather than having your yard graded and sloped, it may be best to simply remove the tree.

For more information, contact a local tree service like Kingdoms Tree Care