Tree Removal


When should I consider tree removal?

When deciding if you should remove a tree from your property or not, you should first determine if it’s a desirable species.

Trees like the lime tree, kumquat tree, plum tree, apple tree, or the giant sequoia are considered desirable, while trees such as Siberian elms, mimosas, willows, Norway maples, and black locusts fall under the undesirable category.

Typically, trees that share the following traits can be deemed undesirable:

  • Made of wood that is prone to constant breakage
  • Consistently dropping large amounts of debris
  • Develop roots that are shallow enough to damage both lawns and pavement
  • Infested with insects or disease specific to tree species
  • Tree is considered an invasive species with constant reseeding of the landscape.

Is the tree healthy?

 If more than 50% of the tree in question is damaged, chances are it should be eliminated.

A tree that is declining in health can continue to survive for several years, but its growth will be limited or abnormal.

A tree with misshapen leaves may have been damaged frequently by herbicide, but in most cases they can recover.

Is the tree hollow?

Many trees can support life for years, through the outer edges of the trunk tissue known as the xylem and the phloem.

The potential weakening of the tree trunks support strength creates a dangerous situation.

Chances are, if a third or more of the tree trunk’s interior is hollow or rotting, the tree should be removed.

Is the tree damaged?

There are a few signs to watch out for that suggest internal decaying of a tree:

  • Large, older wounds
  • Seams
  • Vertical Cracks
  • Dead branch stubs

Severe damage to the largest part of the tree trunk may even warrant emergency tree removal. If the area of the trunk that is damaged equates to less than about 25% of the overall circumference of the trunk, chances are the wound could gradually heal.

Do you offer tree trimming services in my area?

Trees with broken tops or large damaged limbs can pose a danger to both people and property. If 25% or less of a tree’s branches are damaged, the tree has a high probability of survival.

Branches that rub or cross should be removed, while narrow branch angles are prone to splitting and should be fixed accordingly. Trees respond best to this when they are younger in age.

If the narrow-angled branch is too large to eliminate, an arborist could come in and cable the two co-dominant leaders to help avoid breakage and reduce overall strain on the tree.

Are the dead branches all on one side of the tree?

If a tree’s dead branches all reside on one side of it, the weight distribution could cause it to be lopsided and potentially dangerous. Typically, this is a symptom of either root or trunk damage affecting the side showing the dead branches. You should have your trees evaluated by an Arborist right away if this is the case.

Are sprouts forming at the base of the tree?

Typically, when sprouts form at the base, or if epicormic shoots start growing (appear as small branches from the trunk), the tree in question is experiencing severe stress. Whether it’s injury from new home construction, or severe sun exposure due to thinning forestation and soil compaction, the tree is showing signs of not doing well and should be evaluated by an arborist.
If, instead of sprouts at the base, you see mushrooms forming it usually means the tree is suffering from some sort of root disease. While not all fungi indicate this, it’s best to have an arborist to come and evaluate the tree in question.

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Has recent excavation caused root damage?

If 50% or more of the tree’s overall root system has been damaged, it’s suggested the tree should be removed immediately.

Is the tree leaning?

Trees that have a significant lean to them pose a serious hazard. Typically, a sudden lean means some sort of break or roots that are weakening. If a tree has a lean to it of more than 15% from vertical, it should probably be removed.


Does the tree history play a factor?

Old, outdated methods of tree pruning can cause issues later down the road, such as “topping.” Changes in soil level, such as an increase of soil over the root system, can pose significant issues as well. If symptoms are caught early enough, typically the tree can be saved.

Is the tree growing under power lines?

If a tree is grown under or near power lines, its full mature height should be less than 25’. If a tree begins to grow into the power lines, it will need to be thinned out. When it gets wet out, electricity can arc as far as ten feet out to wet foliage causing failure or damage to property from grounding out. Whenever electricity is involved with tree removal, you should never attempt it and should always hire a professional.

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What about the tree’s environment?

The environment in which a tree exists plays an important role. Typically, if a tree is growing near a body of water or on a rock ledge, then they have very shallow root systems. During new construction, removal of densely populated trees is also a significant issue. Trees that were once within a forest become plagued by sudden grad changes, soil compaction, and excessive exposure to full sun. Most of these trees often die three to five years later.

Things to consider:

  • When considering Anaheim tree services: does tree location interfere with potential lies of sight, traffic flow, etc.
  • For Fullerton Tree Service: does the tree in question have any historic or even sentimental value?
  • Will other trees be affected?

How much does tree removal cost?

Whether it’s tree removal in Fullerton, or even Anaheim it’s always the same question: What can I expect this to cost me?

While there are many factors that affect the overall price such as complexity of the branch patterns or overall tree size, you should also have the stump removed at the same time. The average price will be right around $779, but can vary between $647 and $911 depending on the scope of the job.

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