Tree care: When to treat and when to remove

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add up to 15 percent of value to your property. You can hire a certified arborist to come and check the health of your trees.

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Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  What people may not realize is that can actually be dangerous to ignore your trees. It can cause property damage or someone can get hurt if a limb falls from a dead tree.”

Stephen Courchaine, Angel Oak Tree Care: “If a tree is structurally damaged whether it’s split or something of that nature every once in a while there are things we can do like pinning a tree together with rods, putting cables in trees, lightening branches and things of that nature, those are sometimes options to try and save the tree. Obviously die back in the trees, you’ll see the trees loose leaves things of that nature, dead branches, decayed trunks those are things homeowners can look for that can lead them to believe that the tree needs to be removed. Insect infestation, disease attacks both of those can cause trees to die. Today we are cutting down a couple of trees that were invested with emerald ash borer and our dead so they need to be removed. Construction damage and when I say construction damage I mean things like grade changes where you’ve changed the grade of soil, altered root system that can cause a tree to die, decay in trunks and things of that nature.”

Angie Hicks, Angie’s List founder:  “Trees need check-ups just like people do. Having a certified arborist come and exam your trees annually can help you prevent potential problems, catch disease early and protect that landscape asset.”

Angie’s List Tips:


  • Insect infestation & disease
  • Construction around the root system
  • Lightning strikes
  • Changing grade over root system
  • Too much mulch around base

Costs for removal:

  • Determined by size, location, objects around the tree
  • Difficulty of removal
  • Clean-up/disposal
  • Stump removal is often a separate cost

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Jennifer Wiley

Jennifer Wiley is a videographer at Angie's List, where she shoots and edits videos for Angie's List TV partners across the United States. She enjoys getting out in the field and interacting with members and service providers.

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