like people and pets ó trees get sick.
itís as minor as the common cold (perhaps, a damaged
limb), while other ailments (trunk damage) may call for
factors, such as old age, storm damage or environmental
issues, can prematurely damage or kill trees.
what if youíre not sure if a tree is sick, or on its
kind of like going to the doctor with a cough,"
says Carl Bogar, owner of Trees For Needs in Phoenix,
Arizona. "The doctor has to diagnose it. Just like
people, trees get older."
instead of a doctor, a highly rated arborist can
diagnose your tree to determine whether removal is
most important reason to remove a tree ó instead of
saving it ó is because of safety risks, highly rated
there are structural defects and it looks like it could
fall over, you want to remove it," Bogar says.
"One of the biggest things is: Does it pose a risk?
Is it monsoon ready, or would it blow over in heavy rain
or a storm? If a tree has been damaged in a storm, it
will need to be looked at to see if it can be fixed. If
thereís a big piece of the trunk damaged, you donít
want to consider it."
damaged tree, Bogar says, invites disease and pathogens
that weaken it further. Damaged trees also may have
discolored leaves that form odd nodules and lack veins.
sick tree may decay over the course of several years.
Signs of internal decay include mushrooms around the
treeís roots or twigs growing from the trunk. The bark
may also form bumps or peel off, and fungus may grow
around the trunk.
there is fungus growing on the tree, itís a sign of
damage or decay," says Gary Cooper, a highly rated
arborist with Nelson Tree Specialists in Highland, Md.
says serious root or trunk problems typically warrant
removal but notes that proper care will extend the life
of a tree.
homeowner can help trees by trimming, pruning, sometimes
fertilizing and injecting them (with minerals that it
may be lacking)," he says.
is the most important step, Bogar says. Some trees need
pruning once a year, while others benefit from two or
three prunings ó depending on the type of tree.
recommend pruning in late fall or winter when insects
are dormant and sap isnít running. Select pruning
increases a treeís wind resistance during storms,
decreasing the chance it will fall during a storm.
youíre considering tree replacement, contact a highly
rated arborist for an assessment.
arborist has a lot of knowledge for the homeowner to
utilize," Cooper says. "Sometimes it is simple
fixes. An arborist can give you a risk assessment and
talk to you on how to improve your trees. They can give
you a plan for the next several years."
that the company has accreditations through the
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the
American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) and the
Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).
companies, Bogar says, offer free consultations with an
arborist. The cost of removing a tree depends on several
factors, including its height. Many companies charge per
foot. If the tree is 40 feet tall, for example, and the
company charges $15 per foot, youíll pay $600.
to recent Angieís List reviews, members reported
paying as low as $400, and up to several thousand
dollars for removal services.