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Is it Time for Tree Removal?


The value that trees provide for humans is immeasurable. Whether it's providing shade on a sunny day, your child’s favorite hideout spot, or just a marvel to look at. Given the beauty and benefits a tree can provide, it can be quite difficult for homeowners to part with their trees. Unfortunately, trees can become a ticking time bomb if they are not properly maintained or have been diseased. If you are looking for a company that does tree removals near you, you’ve come to the right place! Arbortech has been providing tree removal services for over 30+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether you are looking for tree removal in Walnut Creek, Fremont, Palo Alto, San Jose, we’ve got the whole Bay Area covered!


Homeowners are ultimately responsible for any injury or property damage that occurs because of an unhealthy tree that should have been removed. A tree may not look unhealthy, but a trained eye will be able to provide a more accurate diagnosis. Here are some symptoms that we look for to identify if the tree must be removed:

  • Leaves - Leaves are a good indicator to identify dead trees. A dead tree will have leaves turning brown and brittle in the summer. Coniferous evergreens will begin to show yellow, red or brown needles/leaves when they are stressed or dying. A dead tree will not produce the same amount of foliage as prior years, or won’t produce leaves at all.

  • Branches - Dead branches are not always a clear sign of tree death. All large trees will have dead branches; it’s part of their lifecycle. A certified arborist will be able to make the distinction between regular dead branches and a dying tree. A dying tree begins to shed large branches to redirect energy to the parts of the tree that are still healthy.

  • Trunk - The trunk of a tree can tell you a lot about its health. A decaying tree will begin to shed its bark excessively because it’s not receiving the necessary nutrients. (Note: A healthy tree also sheds its bark, but much more minimally.) Any cracks in the trunk should be looked at by certified arborists to ensure that there isn’t any structural damage or unnoticed stresses on the tree.

  • Roots - Roots are less exposed than other parts of the tree which makes it difficult to identify many symptoms of decay. Fungus growing at the base of the tree can be a sign of root rotting, but there are several species of trees that grow fungus regularly. A certified arborist will be able to identify if the fungus is detrimental or not.

Although tree removal is a last resort, there are circumstances when it is necessary. In search of tree removal services near you? Give us a call at (510) 881-8733 to schedule a FREE ESTIMATE appointment.


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