Should I Prune or Remove My Tree?

We often meet homeowners who love the trees on their property, but know that preventative care needs to be done to ensure that the most important things stay protected; your family and home. This means that hard decisions sometimes need to be made, including altering or removing beloved trees from your property. In this blog, we’ll examine how you can decide whether to remove or prune a tree on your property in order to keep your home protected!

Where Is The Problem Area

The first thing you need to do is determine where the issue lies with your tree. If you’re considering preventive maintenance for a tree, it generally means the tree is overgrown in one of two areas; either your branches are too close to the home, or the roots.

Homeowners consider pruning a tree when the branches have become overgrown and need to be trimmed back. They could also be damaged by disease, but either way, if your branches are growing too close to your home, pruning is the best way to reshape the tree and keep your home protected without having to remove it.

However, one issue that can occur when a tree is too close to a property that the roots begin to grow under the home and around your foundation, which can cause significant damage to your home. If you suspect a tree’s root system may be growing under your home, come have it inspected by an arborist professional!

Is There Any Damage

The next thing you’ll need to consider is whether there is any damage to the tree itself, and where that damage has occurred. If the damage is localized to a couple of particular branches, you will likely just want to prune those particular branches back and address them individually.

The more concerning damage is trunk damage. If damage has occurred to the trunk of the tree, you will need to have the entire tree assessed, as this could have caused serious structural damage! Trunk damage often leaves the tree structurally unsound, which could end up being catastrophic for your home if there is a wind storm that has enough strength to upend trees.

Contact Us Today

Trying to determine whether to prune or remove a tree is largely dependent on where it is on your property, and how much damage has occurred to the tree. If you’re interested in pruning, or removing trees from your property, our team at Walnut Tree Service is ready to assist! Give our team a call at (781) 640-0377 or by filling out our online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your tree removal and pruning needs!

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