Signs You Should Remove A Pine Tree

Posted on: 28 November 2022

Pine trees are quite different from other trees. They have needles rather than broad leaves. They stay green all winter instead of turning color and losing their leaves when the weather gets cold. Due to all of these differences, it can be harder to tell when a pine tree is suffering and needs to be removed. But make no mistake about it: if your pine tree is suffering these symptoms, you should call a tree removal company sooner rather than later.

The Trunk Is Split

The wood of pine trees is softer and more fragile than the wood of many other tree species. That's why pine is known as a softwood, while species like oak and hickory are known as hardwoods. Because of this difference in hardness, pine tree trunks are more likely to split. If this happens, there is little to no hope of the tree actually recovering, and there's a risk of the tree or part of it falling over. So, your best bet is to have the tree removed.

The Top of the Tree Is Brown

When pine trees develop fungal diseases, the infectious fungi often move into the wood and start affecting the vascular tissues. The top of the tree will then die first since it will be unable to obtain water and nutrients. When it dies, the needles will turn brown. The brown will start extending further and further down the tree. There is little hope of the tree recovering at this stage, so removing it is often your best choice.

There Are Brackets Growing From the Tree

Brackets are like giant mushrooms. They are the fruiting bodies of certain fungi that grow inside trees. You more often see them on hardwood trees, but there are some infectious fungi that can cause brackets to grow on pine trees as well. This happens at the advanced stage of the disease, so it generally means you need to remove the tree. Removing the tree at this stage will keep it from toppling over in your yard, and it will also reduce the spread of infectious fungal spores to other pine trees nearby.

Pine trees tend to stay fairly healthy, but they are not immune to disease or damage. If you do notice any of the signs above, contact a tree care company. They can look at the trees, tell you for sure whether they need to be removed, and take action if it is needed.

If you think you need to remove a tree, reach out to a service like The Dreyers Tree Service LLC.