When to Say Goodbye to a Tree

For the first time homeowner or really for anyone who owns property in low country, knowing how to take care of your trees can feel like an overwhelming task. Not only can they be large towering natural structures, but for those who are new to landscaping, taking care of trees may seem like a last priority item on your to-do or honey-do list. However, trees need love and care to grow tall and strong, and remain healthy for years to come.

Sadly, trees that do not receive this love and care are exposed to disease or become damaged in a storm may, unfortunately, need to be removed. Knowing when a tree needs to be removed and when it can be rescued can be difficult. Here are some ways to know when to say goodbye to a beloved tree.

Structural Problems

As with any old, decaying building or one that hasn’t received the maintenance that it needs, must be knocked down, so it is with trees. Often due to injuries that trees have received during their lives, poor pruning techniques, disease and other culprits, a tree’s structure can be compromised. When a tree can no longer support itself, it may be time to say goodbye.

Size & Safety

Often due to poor planting decisions, new construction, or simply the growth of the tree, a tree’s size can be a reason to remove it. If a tree doesn’t have proper room to grow, it may endanger other structures, making them unsound and dangerous. Some trees can become a hazard if they can easily fall on your home in the case of a storm or are growing into power lines.

Disease & Decay

Trees can be the target of some nasty diseases and pests. As mentioned earlier, not only can these diseases be the root problem of structural problems, causing diseased trees to become dangerous hazards that can damage your home or even hurt your family, but also, if these diseases are not handled properly, they can infect the surrounding trees that are susceptible to the same disease. Sometimes trees, if the favorable circumstances present themselves, can begin to rot from the interior out. Trees that have severe rotting will most likely need to be removed.


Often due to poor planning when planting or simply the nature growth pattern of trees, they can grow too close together. Overcrowding can endanger all the trees and cause them not to receive the proper nutrients, sunlight, and space to grow. To keep your trees healthy when there is overcrowding, often the least healthy trees must be sacrificed for the good of the other trees.

Are you considering tree removal? Before you decide to pull out the chainsaw, contact Southeastern Limb and Tree! We are here for commercial and residential clients in Savannah, Ridgeland, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and surrounding areas to help you not only know when it is time to remove a tree, but can help you remove it properly when the time comes. Contact us for all your tree removal needs and for any other tree service and care you may need. We would love to help you properly care for your trees and with our Top Rated Local® Tree Care services.