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Springfield IL area Tree Removal

When is the right time to consider complete tree removal? Even when the right criteria is met for consideration, it’s not an easy decision to make in many cases. Especially if you’re a resident in the Springfield IL area, with it’s abundance of large, old trees.

Old trees, especially those that have been on your property for many years almost become part of your family in a way, and certainly an integral part of your property’s personality. Before making the decision to cut one down entirely, you should be aware of the factors to consider that may lead to such a decision to be made.

There are many factors to weigh when deciding whether or not complete tree removal is the best option for you and your property. From danger assessment, to property value, to the cosmetics and aesthetics of your yard; We’ll go over what we believe to be the most important factors for to determine when trying to decide whether or not tree removal is the right choice for you.

Tree Health

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Tree health is a major factor to consider when debating a tree’s fate. If the tree is damaged more than 60%, tree removal should be a consideration of yours. But what damage sign do you look for?

Trunk Damage: Obvious vertical seams, and cracks in a tree’s trunk can indicate a diseased tree, particularly if the area in question takes up more than 20-30% of the trunk’s circumference. An additional item to look out for, that may be cause for tree removal are dead branch stubs protruding from a trunk. Such branch stubs also indicate some internal decay of the tree. Which leads us to the next item…

Hollow Trunk: If you can clearly see that a portion (or the whole) trunk of your tree is hollow, it’s time to remove the tree, particularly if it’s situated near other structures on your property, or near heavily trafficked areas. Trees with hollow trunks can continue to live for a long time as such, but the issue becomes safety. A hollow tree is naturally weaker. Prone to being blown over more easily, and it will only get worse as time goes on!

Branch Health: Multiple large, dead branches (particularly if they tend to be on only one side and/or account for more than 25% of total branches) should be cause for considering tree removal, as their weakness can lead to much bigger problems. An obvious one is that weak branches are more prone to falling on whatever happens to be underneath them! Furthermore, having multiple dead branches on one side not only indicates disease, but can make the tree lopsided in weight distribution, making the tree more susceptible to being blown over in the next Central Illinois storm that rolls through the area.

Fungus: If you notice mushrooms or other fungus growing on your tree (particularly the trunk), this is more often than not and indication of internal rot, and more than likely a good case for considering complete removal, for all the items mentioned above associated with the risks of tree disease.

Leaning: This is an obvious one. If you see a tree of yours leaning to one side, it’s best to have us come take a look at it. Removal may not always be the best option, but if it’s determined to be a hazard that can’t be rectified by other methods, a removal consideration should be present. We can help with both.

Tree Location

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Physical location of your tree is also a major contributing factor in determining it’s fate, regarding a removal consideration.

Power Line Poles: Is the tree growing near power line or other utility poles? Is it less than 25 foot tall? It should be. If it isn’t, you need to weigh your options of yearly trimming for the life of the tree, or a complete removal once. The latter will be the best choice in the long run, if you plan on staying at your property any decent length of time.

Nearby Structures: Where is the tree in relation to other structures on your property? Consider the potential repair costs associated with structural damage should the tree happen to fall. Consider the rise in insurance rates after such a claim was filed. Oftentimes you’ll find tree removal to be the best and cheapest option.

Foot & Vehicle Traffic: The last thing anyone wants is to be responsible for injury or death of another person. Unfortunately, if your dead or dying tree is in the path of pedestrians or vehicles, you could very well be faced with such a reality. Falling trees and branches can not only land on pedestrians, but they can cause a car accident as well, and we all know the unfortunate circumstances of many vehicle accidents. Best to err on the side of caution.

Nearby Trees: Another factor to consider when analyzing the location of your questionable tree are the other trees nearby. Not only will removing a diseased tree from it’s healthy company decrease the chance of other trees succumbing to the same diseases and infestations that befell the diseased one, but by removing it you’re also allowing the others to have more access to soil nutrients and sunlight, allowing them to grow larger, fuller, and more healthy.


There are many many reasons why tree removal may be an option to consider for residents of Springfield IL and the surrounding areas. We’ve tried our best to outline what we believe to be the most important, and easiest for you as a homeowner to identify.

If you’re unsure of the health of one of your trees, feel free to reach out to us at any time. We would be more than happy to come by and do a free safety check. There are often many options available for tree experts like us to rectify problems without the need for complete removal. However, in the event that trimming or removal is deemed the only (or best) option, we can help with all of it

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