Trees are a beautiful part of our extraordinary New England ecosystem, especially in Harvard, MA, where we’re blessed with a lovely, flourishing canopy of trees on every street corner. Most homeowners usually do their best to keep their trees healthy, but there are still some cases when they have to sadly part with them.

So, how do you know when it’s time to remove a tree? Keep reading to find out!


The Tree Appears Lifeless

This is one of the obvious scenarios in which tree removal is necessary. Although upsetting, when trees die, the only thing that can be done is to take them down. Dead trees can be dangerous for you and your property. Even just a branch of a dead tree falling can be dangerous, let alone the entire tree, so it’s important to remove them as soon as possible before they can fall on your fence, home, or vehicle.


The Tree Looks Diseased

Disease is a major cause of tree death. Some obvious signs of a diseased tree are if the tips of the branches start to die since the nutrients from the roots won’t be able to travel through the tree’s system. There are also several other signs, such as trunk decay—but disease isn’t always obvious. If you suspect your tree has a disease, you need to get it evaluated immediately to prevent further problems or spread to nearby foliage.


The Tree Has Been Damaged

Storm damage can have a lot of consequences for your property, especially in the case of your trees. Severe weather conditions can lead to broken branches, bark removal, or splintering of the trunk. Damage can also be caused by a vehicle collision or by unwanted pests. You need to assess the damage to see if your tree is capable of recovery, or if it needs to be removed.


The Roots Are Overgrown

Tree roots that are beginning to grow too close to your house, utility lines, or other structures can disturb the foundation of your house and cause structural damage. Although there might be ways to prune the roots, in some cases, removal is necessary.


The Tree Is Leaning

Have you ever noticed a tree in your lawn leaning a little too close to your home or driveway? While leaning trees are not immediately a structural cause for concern, if you notice that they’re leaning in a dangerous direction—such as towards your house, garage, or children’s play area—it’s imperative that you get them removed before they can cause harm. Sometimes leaning trees might not be so obvious, so make sure to call a professional to get them checked if you notice anything that looks out of sorts.


The Takeaway

It is important to tend to trees before they cause damage to your property or your neighbors. Whether your insurance covers fallen trees often depends on if it causes damage to the home, car, or contents.

When it comes to damage caused by fallen trees, some home and auto insurance policies will only cover you for the removal of the tree if it causes damage to the insured home, vehicle, or its contents. You should consult your provider to ensure you have the right coverage for your circumstances before disaster strikes.

When a tree falls on your property, the last thing you want is to decipher a complicated insurance policy and file a claim. At Chestnut Tree and Landscape we work directly with your insurance company and can handle the paperwork for you if you are covered.


When Nor’easters, hurricanes, and storms bring trees down, Chestnut Tree and Landscape is here to help. Whether you need urgent tree removal or would like to have an evaluation, Chestnut Tree and Landscape is who you can depend on for fast, effective service! We offer expert tree removal services, in the New England area—even in tight spaces, and are available 24/7 for emergencies. To get a free consultation, call us at (508) 735-4464 today!