Tree Removal: How Do You Know You Need Us?

Tree Removal

Trees are part of nature, and just like all other living plants they have a lifespan that will eventually come to an end – and this end of life can cause issues for both you and your property. As they get older, just like humans do they can lose their strength and this can mean they become structurally unsound and this can be a cause for worry. They may be attacked by disease or pests, or even be damaged in a storm, and despite the fact they are beautiful and a central point to your garden, they can become unsafe and a bit of a hazard. This is when the only option is tree removal, unfortunately.

Obviously, not everyone is an arborist (tree surgeon) and so you may not be an expert in tree health evaluation. It could be that your tree just needs a little bit of pruning or maintenance, or it may be that the whole tree needs to be removed, right down to the stump as well. Here are some of the things you need to look for when you are deciding whether you need tree services in Manchester or not:

  • Large dead branches. If you notice large dead branches in the tree, with missing bark or leaves, then these need to be removed straightaway as they present danger to both life and property. You also need to have the tree inspected to make sure it is structurally sound because if not the whole tree will have to be removed.
  • Structurally compromised tree trunk. If there are cracks or cavities in the tree trunk or missing bark, then these are indicators that the tree itself is no longer structurally sound and so it could become hazardous. This, again, needs investigation.
  • The tree suddenly starts leaning. Some trees do lean naturally, but if your tree starts leaning all of a sudden, after a storm for example, then it could be a sign that the roots are weakening and the tree is dying which could mean that it may fall over at some time soon. Any tree that is leaning more than 15% away from its original position or has suddenly started to lean needs to be looked at by a tree specialist.
  • If 50% or more of the tree is damaged. A tree that is damaged can live for many years but if the strength is compromised by this damage then it can be dangerous to keep it in your garden. If it has a lot of damage to its branches and its roots then it is probably time to remove it.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of the signs that your tree needs felling, and it is important to remember that you should always be safe and not sorry. At Bark and Branch, we offer a variety of tree surgeons services, including site clearance and tree stump removal.  If you have any concerns about any of the trees in your garden, please contact us today on 0800 050 2131, 07958 495031 or by email at