Having trees in your garden can attract beautiful birds, provide shade and improve the appearance of your property, but you do have to do your best to assess their condition a couple of times a year. There are certain situations when it's best to have that big old tree removed, and leaving a tree in place when it should be removed can cause you stress further down the line. Here are a few examples of when you should consider having a tree removed:

There's Evidence Of Trunk Damage

At first glance, a tree with trunk damage may look healthy, but when you look closely around the base of the tree, you will notice vertical fissures. These fissures are indicative of decay in the trunk, and a decaying trunk will gradually become hollow. This is a problem because the overall structure of the tree becomes compromised, and the tree could fall at any time. A falling tree can be hazardous to life and can cause significant damage to any surrounding buildings.

The Tree Is Dying

A dying tree is at risk of falling, and even if the entire tree doesn't fall, large branches will fall as they decompose. Dying trees can create excessive debris in your garden and can attract pests that feed on the decomposing wood. If a tree in your garden has a disease, this can spread to other nearby trees and cause unnecessary loss of habitat to small creatures in your garden. Signs of a dying tree include bark loss, leaf discolouration and fungal growth on branches.

The Tree Is Leaning To One Side

When a tree has to compete for light, it will begin to grow diagonally. This is problematic for a couple of reasons. It can reduce the aesthetic appeal of your property, upset neighbours who are now experiencing too much shade in their garden and, most importantly, weaken the tree's root system. A leaning tree can cause cracks to develop in the soil surrounding it, and these cracks can allow for root exposure and increase the chance of disease developing. The roots will also begin to pull away from the soil due to pressure from the tree as it continues to grow diagonally.

Any tree that poses a risk to your or your neighbours' well-being or property should be removed to prevent damage. Contact a company like True Blue Tree and Stump Removal for more information.