There’s nothing quite like a vibrant, green lawn full of healthy, thriving trees. They provide shade for your lawn, by creating a canopy of protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. They also create life-giving oxygen and provide a vital component for our planet’s ecosystem. Trees are home to a host of species, inviting everyone from bluebirds to friendly little squirrels to build their homes. It’s no wonder we love trees!


Keeping your trees healthy is important, which is why you should know the right time to cut them down. Our Twin Cities tree pros at Vital Tree Service have compiled a list of some of the biggest signs to look for to know when your tree should be removed.


1.      Fungus or Mushrooms

While there are some fungi that won’t harm your tree, some can be quite dangerous to your tree’s health. Some fungi can weaken the tree’s health and cause damage to the tree that makes it a hazard. When decay-producing fungi appear at the base of the tree trunk, it’s a sign you may need to remove the tree.


2.      Trunk Damage

A strong and stable trunk is key to a tree’s overall health, which is why any damage to the tree’s trunk should be assessed. Whether it’s from construction or natural forces, a wound to the tree’s trunk exposes its vital living tissue to all kinds of infection from bacteria, fungi, and insects. If a large wound to the tree’s trunk is not recoverable, it’s time to remove the tree.


3.      Dead Branches

Dead tree branches can occur on an otherwise healthy tree for a number of reasons. It’s important to remove dead or damaged branches as soon as possible to keep your tree healthy. But when you see a large number of dead or dying branches, it may be a sign there’s a more significant problem.


4.      Root System Damage

Root damage can happen for a number of reasons. If you’ve had construction recently, this can cause soil compaction, which can be detrimental to a tree’s root system. Compacted soil makes it difficult for trees to get the healthy moisture and nutrients to its roots. Wilting and leaf scorch are also signs of root damage, which may mean your tree needs removing.


5.      Dangerous Trees

Even if your tree is completely healthy, some trees create potential hazards for your home, family, or community, and need to be removed. Trees that grow too close to power lines or building structures may need to be removed. Trees that lean at severe angles may also pose a serious threat.


Minnesota Tree Removal Service

At Vital Tree Service in Woodbury, we love working with our clients to create healthy, vital lawns full of thriving trees. If you’re not sure whether a tree needs to be removed, we can help you assess the tree to make the best determination.


Whether you’re removing a potential hazard or creating a more intentional landscape, our professional tree removal team is here to help. Give us a call at 651.341.4021, or connect with us online for a free quote.