The trunk is compromised. Cracks or splits, large wounds and dead branch stubs on the tree’s trunk all indicate internal decay.
The tree is hollow. A tree with a hollow trunk has been seriously compromised and is a hazard. If a third of the tree is rotted or hollow inside, it needs to be removed.
The tree is suddenly leaning. All leaning trees aren’t necessarily dangerous, but a tree that suddenly leans to one side may have structural problems.
You observe sprouts at the base of the tree. These are known as epicormic shoots and they indicate that the tree is severely stressed and should be evaluated by a professional.
The tree is under power lines. A tree that is growing into power lines can become a hazard and may need to be removed by a certified arborist or tree service.
The tree is too close to a house or other structure. This is a big one for most homeowners in the Clearwater area. Trees hanging over the roof or too close to a structure might need to be removed – or at least regularly pruned. In general, large trees should be at least 20 feet away from a house or building.
While some tree failures are sudden and unpredictable, it’s good to know most can be prevented by proactive measures. If your in need of tree service in Clearwater or think a tree removal might be needed, call The Tree Feller of Pinellas, we’ll let you know if it does or doesn’t need to be removed.