There are many advantages to having mature trees around your
home. They provide shade in the summer and protection from icy
winds in the winter. Homes with mature trees are attractive to
prospective buyers. Sometimes they can provide a privacy screen
and buffer against street noise.
There are times when trees, especially large trees, can
present a hidden danger to person and property. Just because a
tree has leaves doesn't mean it's healthy. A closer inspection
of the large trees on your property can prevent an accident
from happening at the most inconvenient time.
A certified New Hampshire arborist can be called to survey a
property for tree hazards.
The following criteria will help you decide if the tree(s)
should be removed. Some of the conditions that an arborist will
look for include:
Location: Is the tree located in a
high risk area? A tree in the lawn area or lawn edge doesn't
hold the same priority as the tree over the house, wires, or
Vigor: The tree may have leaves, but
how much new growth tells a bigger story as to how healthy the
tree is. Is the new growth on the tips, or are there trunk
suckers, which may indicate a history of injury to the
Deadwood: Is there deadwood in the
tree? Deadwood in the center of the tree may just be an
indication that the tree is too thick and needs to be thinned.
Deadwood in the crown of the tree is much more serious. That is
an indication of root damage or basal decay.