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When to Remove a Tree

Although trees add a sense of peace and beauty to your landscape, there often comes a time when they have to be removed. This can be for a variety of reasons which include disease, damage and insect infestation. If you have any questions about removing a tree, contact the experts at Clauser Tree Care.

There are several tree diseases found in Pennsylvania that can damage your trees. It is important to know how to spot these diseases.

  • Thousand Cankers Disease is a tree disease that has been found in Bucks County, PA. It is caused by a fungus carried by the walnut twig beetle that infects the bark of walnut trees. It can cause a tree to die within 3-4 years.
  • Apple Scab disease causes the tree to develop lesions that appear as an olive-green, yellow, or brown. This disease affects apple and crabapple trees.
  • Dutch Elm Disease is a disease caused by a fungus that affects elm trees. Signs of this disease are yellow curled up leaves. It often causes a tree to die within three years.

A storm can cause significant damage to a tree. Strong winds can break branches, which result in a dangerous situation where a branch either falls or is in danger of falling. Removing a tree would be recommended to prevent injury. Storm damage can also cause a tree to lean.

If insects have overtaken your tree, it is a good idea to remove it. Insects can cause a tree to become diseased and damaged. Insects that pose a problem to your trees in Pennsylvania are:

  • Wood Boring Insects
  • Spotted Lanternfly
  • Asian Longhorned Beetle
  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • Hemlock Wooly Adelgid
  • Gypsy Moth

If a tree grows too large, this can also lead to problems. Large trees may grow through power lines which can be very dangerous. These trees can either be removed or pruned to reduce unnecessary growth.

The Arborists at Clauser Tree Care can evaluate your tree and provide an expert opinion about whether your tree needs to be removed.