Caring for Your Trees

4 Reasons To Remove A Tree That's The Wrong Shape

Tree removal is the obvious solution if your tree is badly damaged, dying, or if it was knocked over in a storm. Other issues, such as structural issues, may also necessitate tree removal. But a tree that's the wrong shape can cause big problems as well. Here are three reasons why you may need to remove your tree if it's not the right shape for the spot it's in.

1. Low branches get in the way

In some cases, the lower branches of a tree may simply be removed to allow people and cars to pass beneath. But in other cases, the shape of the tree won't allow this. For instance, some live oaks start to lean their branches on the ground after a while, and removing these branches would destabilize the whole tree.

Whether they're there for structural reasons or because the tree has such a low growth habit that practically all its branches are low ones, an overabundance of low-slung branches can create an inconvenient tree shape. As such, if the tree's lower branches are getting in your way and you can't remove them, you may need to take out the entire thing. 

2. Spreading root system travels further than expected

In some cases, it's not the shape of the tree's crown that causes problems but rather the shape of its root system. The size and shape of the root system can vary based on the variety of tree and growing conditions. In some cases, the roots can extend quite far beyond the tree's branches, a fact which some homeowners may not realize when choosing the tree. Unfortunately, if the roots spread too far afield and threaten sewer and septic systems, plumbing, foundations, driveways, and other systems around, you may need to have the tree removed and put in a tree with a smaller or less spreading root system instead.

3. Growth habit threatens power lines or roof

In some cases, a tree may not have the growth habit you were expecting. For instance, if you'd expected a more tall, narrow tree shape and your tree shows a rounded, spreading growth habit instead, it could spread out enough to threaten a nearby roof or power line.

4. Unstable shape isn't structurally sound

Perhaps as the result of disease or injury or even just poor pruning, a tree may grow into a shape that's not typical of its species and isn't even structurally stable. A tree that's growing lopsided, top-heavy, or otherwise structurally unsound in shape may be fixable with pruning and bracing. But in severe cases, the tree may simply need removal.

These are some examples of times that your tree may need to be removed because it's the wrong shape. For more information about tree removal in your area, contact a tree removal company.