Common Reasons to Remove Trees:
#1: Hazardous Condition
Trees that are hazardous and pose a safety threat should be considered for removal and possible replacement. Trees with poor branching pattern, large amounts of decay, severe decline or splitting major limbs should be assessed for hazard potential. Trees with a high risk of failure and high chance of damage (either to people, property or structure) should be considered for removal.
#2: Dead, Dying or Failing
While many trees of old age, most trees in urban setting will die from many possible stresses. This may include construction damage, soil compaction, periods ofdrought, over-watering, or physical failure from stem girdling roots.
Many trees die every year from diseases such as oak wilt and Dutch elm disease. Tree removal (sanitation) is an important part of the disease management process. Many other trees may decline and eventually die from an severe insect infestation from bronze birch borer (birch), Two-lined chestnut borer (oaks) and Emerald ash borer (ash).
#4: Storm Damage
Minnesota weather all year round is commonly to blame for many tree removals. During periods of high wind, many trees be completel blown down or have substantial damage and need to be removed. Flooded soils can also lead to trees toppling over during high wind patterns. It is common during winter months, that the pressure from heavy snow or ice can cause severe limb breakage. Often the tree is so damaged, that it may need to be removed.
#5: Invasive Trees
Some tree species are considered invasive and should be considered for removal. Buckthorn is commonly considered a very invasive tree that has been displacing our native understory trees for many years.