Trees located within a certain distance of new construction, generally 20 feet or less, are almost always recommended for removal. Tree condition is also a good assessment for whether a tree would be a candidate for removal.  Trees with large cavities or other structural weaknesses are not good candidates for preservation, unless the problems can be alleviated by pruning, cabling or bracing. 

Evaluation guidelines for possible removal: 

  • Tree is dead or dying
  • Leaves are stunted or showing early fall color
  • Peeling or falling off bark indicative of decay
  • Tree is deemed hazardous
  • Life expectancy of the tree
  • Desirability of the tree species
  • Amount of space available for tree growth
  • Overall quality and structural integrity of the tree
  • Persistent and uncontrollable insect, disease or fruiting problems
  • Frequency and extensiveness of the tree’s maintenance requirements
  • Proximity and quality of trees near to the one considered for removal
  • Quality and extent of past pruning and other tree maintenance practices the tree has undergone
  • Extent and frequency of damage the tree is causing to surrounding infrastructure such as sidewalks, streets, sewers, etc.
  • Location of the tree with regard to streetlights, traffic control devices, intersection sight lines and the requirements of the tree related to available growing space
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