Here at Big Timber Tree Service LLC, we take pride in being the industry leader for South Jersey tree removal. We not only want to help our customers with their tree service needs, but we also like to keep South Jersey residents informed about when and why Big Timber can help them.

Removing trees can be for aesthetic or safety purposes, but how do you know when a tree should be removed? Here’s a list to reference when trying to decide whether you should call us at 856-983-0351 to remove a tree from your property.

Tree Location

If a tree is really close to your home, possibly to the point where the branches are touching your siding, you might consider removing that tree. A tree like this can damage your siding with mold growth. If the tree blocks the sun from reaching a portion of your home, you could develop mold inside your house, which can be costly to fix. Is the tree growing into power lines? Trees that grow under power lines shouldn’t amass 25 feet. If your tree is growing into power lines, you should at least have the branches trimmed back.

Examine the Branches

Branches that are dead and/or hanging can fall during severe winds and cause damage to your roof or other property. If the majority of a tree’s branches are dead or hanging, you might want to remove that tree completely. If a few dead or hanging branches are just making the tree not aesthetically pleasing, consider pruning it, which can strengthen your tree and give it a new, healthier look.

Check the Leaves, Branches and Bark

Diseased trees can have structural issues that compromise the tree’s integrity, making it necessary for tree removal. Our experts at Big Timber can assess a tree to see how badly the disease is affecting it. If your tree loses its leaves earlier than normal or has discolored leaves, it may be diseased. Leaves with lack of veins or the appearance of odd nodules can also be signs that your tree is diseased. Peculiar bumps on the bark, branches dying off, and any type of fungus growing on the trunk are also indications of a diseased tree.

Look for defects

Trees can grow with certain defects that can compromise their integrity and cause them to fall. Your insurance might not cover the damage caused by a falling tree because many insurance policies don’t cover “acts of nature.” Is the tree leaning? Leaning trees are generally more hazardous than those growing vertically. A sudden lean means that there is a breakage or weakening of roots and the tree should probably be removed immediately.