Key Signs A Tree In Your Yard May Be Dangerous Or Need Removing


Trees are considered the shield and protection of a homeowner’s property. This masterpiece in your yard is comforting and beautiful and the idea of removing it from your landscape can be a tough decision.


Picture this: you’re looking out of your bedroom window, and instead of watching your oak tree’s branches swaying in the morning breeze, you see an empty space that hangs over dug dirt that were your tree’s roots once anchored.


Trees brings physical, mental and emotional benefits and the blissful happiness we experience in their presence matters the most.


12 Signs Your Tree Is Dangerous And Needs To Be Removed


However, when a tree presents risks to everyone and everything in its shade, it may be time to take action.


Eventually, what you can do to eliminate and decrease the risks of huge trees is removing it. How will you know if the tree in your yard needs removing? Here are key signs that indicate the tree in your yard is dangerous and needs to be removed.

Is it an undesirable tree?

Trees become undesirable when it exhibits a weak wood that can be susceptible to frequent breakage. Usually, the tree may drop huge amounts of debris, or shallow roots that can damage your pavement and lawn. Moreover, this old and dying tree can be infested with insects and diseases that are particular to trees.

 Is it still healthy?

If the tree is 50% damaged, then it must be removed. An old tree that is declining may continue to survive for further years. However, it will exhibit limited or abnormal appearance and growth.

Trunk damage

Does your tree have damage on its trunk? These damages include seams, vertical cracks, older wounds that suggest internal decay, and dead branch stubs. Severe damages and disfigurement to the main trunk often indicate eradication of the tree.

Is it hollow?

The trunk’s supportive tissue which contains phloem and xylem is located on the outer sides of a trunk. This allows trees to live for many years even with a hollow trunk. But the problem arises when the trunk is compromised, which makes the tree dangerous. If you see that around one-third of the tree’s interior is rotten or hollow, then it may need to be removed from your yard.

Sprouts that come out from the tree’s epicormic shoots or base


The epicormic shoots of a tree are those small branches that come out from a trunk. These sprouts usually come out due to severe stress, which indicates that the tree is becoming undesirable or unsuitable. Typically, these sprouts come out from trees that have encountered recent home construction injuries, soil compaction, or excessive sun exposure. Have your tree assessed by an arborist. They can detect further areas that aren’t well for the tree.

 Weak branches

Check the branches of your tree. It should look attached to the tree and have no signs of weakness. Weak unions of branches can be dangerous as they may fall down and hit anyone in its shade. This is usually a common problem with maple and elm trees.

Cracked barks

If the bark of your tree is beginning to crack, then this could be a sign of sickness or deterioration. Call a professional arborist if you see deep cracking on your tree’s bark.

Strange Shape

Is your tree becoming poorly formed, or shows a weird looking shape than usual? This may indicate that it lacks structural integrity, thus requiring removal from your yard.

Tree cankers

If you see sunken spots in your tree’s bark, or areas where a bark is entirely missing, it may indicate either a disease or wound. Have your tree removed when there are scars on its bark.


Severe decay in your trees are usually detected or identified if there are presence of mushrooms growing from your tree or at its base.

Dead branches

A dead wood is very brittle and sometimes unpredictable. A strong wind or storm can easily crash down dead branches to your home and family. When you see dead branches on your tree, it is necessary to have your tree removed to prevent untoward accidents.

Common tree problems

There are plenty of tree diseases that are very common in across species of trees. These diseases include leaf blisters, root rots, bacterial leaf scorch, and tubakia leaf spots. Know the symptoms of these common tree diseases to help you decide whether your tree requires removal.


Trees can provide protection and life in your yard, but when it becomes older it may pose risks for your family and home. Remember to have your trees inspected annually to determine the status of your tree and whether it needs removal. If you need help inspecting a tree, check out Bellarine Trees for services involving trees including inspection, thinning, and removals. 

 Daniel Stone

Daniel has worked in the management, cutting, and caring of trees for the last 20 years. He works and helps run Bellarine Trees and is passionate about the environment and tree worker safety. He has a wife and two daughters and he enjoys playing tennis in his spare time.

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