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Stein Tree Service Discusses When Tree Removal May Be Necessary

By Stein Tree
Posted on August 1, 2022

Homeowners love their trees for many reasons: trees are beautiful, provide shade, add interest, and so much more. Tree care is essential to maintaining healthy trees, but any tree can have cause to struggle. At Stein Tree Service, we are passionate about trees and do what we can to promote or restore tree health. However, sometimes tree removal may be necessary or the only option.

Insect Infestation

You need to be aware of several threats from the insect world in order to keep your trees safe. In the last decade, homeowners in Delaware and Pennsylvania have dealt with several, including bagworms, emerald ash borer, and the spotted lanternfly. Knowing your trees’ general health and regularly inspecting them can help you identify these infestations early. Then, an arborist may be able to treat them. In some cases, tree removal may be necessary for the health of the surrounding trees.

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Major Weaknesses

Some trees develop disease, are damaged, or fail to thrive due to other issues. These problems can cause weak branches or trunks, which could result in damage to your property or people nearby if they fail. For example, trees that have survived storms can end up with large branches vulnerable to breaking. So be vigilant with your tree care and do your best to spot any problems early.

Fungus growing on the tree, dead branches, or early leaf fall can indicate more serious issues. If you act quickly, a tree care specialist may be able to take remedial action in time to save the tree. An arborist can safely remove the tree for you if necessary.


Overgrowth is one of the more common reasons tree removal may be necessary, as overgrown trees can pose a danger to your property or residents of the home. If a tree is the wrong size for a given area, tree pruning may be insufficient to mitigate the risk of damage to sidewalks, structures, or contact with power lines. In that case, tree removal will be necessary.

Root Defects

Roots are a tree’s lifeline, and when roots are damaged or diseased, a tree will have trouble maintaining health for long. Root defects can affect the health and well-being of your trees if left untreated. Here are some common ones:

Root Rot

Rot is caused by fungi that invade the root system and can kill portions of the plant above and below ground. Rot often affects one side of a tree’s root mass or one part of its system. So even if you do not see any signs on top, root rot could lurk beneath the ground.

Girdling Roots

Girdling roots occur when the root system of a tree is constricted and cannot grow outwards away from the tree, cutting off a tree’s vascular system and preventing the flow of water and nutrients. A tree with girdling roots may look like a telephone pole instead of having the base flair outwards. You may also see roots sticking out of the ground, late leaf development, small yellow leaves or needles, early leaf drop, and dieback.

Structural Problems

Structural problems can present significant issues for a tree, as the following issues can lead to future problems such as branches of the tree breaking or falling off.

  • Leaning or falling over
  • Splitting or cracking
  • Visible rotting
  • Growing in the wrong direction
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Stein Tree Offers Professional and Safe Tree Removal

We love trees, but sometimes we have situations where tree removal may be necessary. In such a case, Stein’s tree care professionals have the experience and equipment to perform the job safely. Our compact spider lift offers little impact on your landscape. The spider lift allows us to easily remove even tall, large trees from a confined space. Contact us today for tree removal services or a free consultation!

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