Deciding when to cut down a tree can be difficult. There will often be telltale signs that a tree may be dying, but it can often be difficult to determine whether the tree can be salvaged or not. Dead trees can pose a significant health and safety risk, so it’s important to recognise some of the signs that the tree needs to be removed.

Dead branches and leaves

A tree with no signs of new growth will most likely be dying. Look for brittle branches and dead or browning leaves. While the occasional dead branch might be okay, too many of these means that the tree will most likely need to come down.

A hollow trunk

A hollow hole in the tree’s trunk is usually a sign that the tree is dead or dying. A hollow trunk can lower the tree’s structural integrity, which could be dangerous for you or your home. While trees with hollow trunks can sometimes be saved, it may be that removing it is the best course of action.

Fungal disease

Have you noticed mushrooms growing at the base of your tree? Visible fungi are a common sign of disease in a tree. While many diseases can be treated, other signs such as discoloured leaves, stunted growth or bleeding cankers suggest a fatal disease, so your tree will need to be removed before the disease can spread to healthier trees.

Root rot

Rotting on a tree’s underground roots can obviously be hard to see, and the visible symptoms often mimic other diseases. Root rot can be treated if discovered early, so if you have concerns it’s worth getting them seen to.

A new or significant lean

A slight lean is natural, but a tree with a new or significant lean could be decaying. If left untreated, the tree may eventually be uprooted, which could cause significant damage to you or your house.

Tree Control offers a range of services, including tree removal, in Tauranga. If you’re concerned about the health of a tree or are looking for professional help to remove it, get in touch with us today.