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5 signs it's time to call a tree service

By Diana Crandall, HomeAdvisor on

Published in Home and Consumer News

Trees are an attractive addition to any yard, and they come with plenty of benefits. In addition to cleaning the air and improving the look of your landscape, shade from trees can lower your home's cooling bill and even add a 10 percent boost to your property value, according to the USDA Forest Service. If you enjoy your trees and want to keep them healthy, here's a look at when to call in a professional for help.

1. You'd like to plant new trees on your property.

If you don't have any trees on your property, or you'd like to add a new one, a professional can help you answer important questions. Do you want a tree that provides shade, or blooms annually? Do you want a tree that's simple to care for, or one that needs more attention? A tree care expert can help answer these questions and more, and also help you choose the best trees for the climate you live in.

2. You need help taking care of your trees.

Depending on how many trees you have on your property, you may need a hand in taking care of them all. In addition to watering, fertilizing and mulching them, pruning is an important part of maintenance that you should generally leave up to a pro. Small leaves and branches are fine to take on yourself, but large limbs that require a ladder to clip can pose a serious safety risk. Avoid damage to your property and protect yourself by calling in a tree service to help with this type of job.

3. Branches are splitting, resting on your house or preparing to fall.

In addition to regular pruning, if you notice your tree's branches creeping near your home, or beginning to drop in small pieces, that's a sign you should call in a tree service as soon as possible. Unstable limbs propose a safety hazard to your family and your home, and they can come down even when it's calm outside, according to the USDA Forest Service.


4. Your tree looks like it's damaged, sick or dying.

Depending on what kind of trees you have, distress and disease may look different. Some general signs of a problem include low-hanging branches that don't have leaves or bark, cracks in the trunk and leaves that appear discolored or deformed. If you notice these symptoms, call in a pro to help. Often, they can help save your tree so you can continue to enjoy it for years to come.

5. You need a tree removed.

If a tree care expert has examined your tree and determined it's not possible to save it, or you simply don't want the tree anymore, you'll need to have it removed. This is an extensive job that requires the help of a professional. They have knowledge of nearby power lines, and they also have the right equipment to complete the job in a safe and timely manner.

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