Trees add beauty, life, and history to any outdoor space. They can even bring comfort and you may start to feel as though they are a big part of your home; even part of your family! Unfortunately, trees have a mind and life of their own. At a certain point, your tree may pose a threat to your safety. Here are a few tell-tale signs that it is time to part ways with your beloved tree.

Signs of Infection

You can spot that your tree may be suffering from infection very easily. Signs of tree infection include leaf discoloration, soft wood, and fungi growing on the trunk. You may also see an increase in pest holes, which leads to more birds feeding off of your tree.

Dead Branches

Are branches falling from your tree and you are not sure why? It could be because your tree is no longer healthy. If branches from only one side of your tree are falling, it could mean there is root or trunk damage. It is said that if 25% or less of your branches are seemingly dead, your tree has a chance at survival. Anymore than that and your tree could be a potential safety hazard.

Sprouts & Branches in Trunk

Trees get stressed, too! Trees tend to get stressed if they are overexposed to certain things like soil and sun or if they have taken on too much of a beating. This causes trees to start sprouting small branches towards the base of the tree.


There are some trees that do not grow completely straight; but if your tree had originally started growing straight up and is now leaning to either side, it is a problem. If a tree starts to lean it could mean that roots are weak and breaking, which is a disastrous structural problem.

Too Close to Structures & Powerlines

Larger trees should be at least 20 feet away from your home. Branches hanging over homes is a huge hazard and should not be taken lightly. No tree that grows to be 25 feet or taller should be under a powerline. Trees are a huge threat to power lines which in turn causes power outages.

We hope we helped inform you on what to look out for regarding your gorgeous trees. It is imperative that you look for these signs and take good care of your trees. If you notice that it may be time for a tree to be removed, reach out to the professionals at East Coast Tree Removal! From tree removal to pruning, to stump grinding, to firewood delivery, East Coast Tree Services does it all. Contact us today at (781) 518-8014 to schedule a free tree removal consultation and estimate! 


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