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Huntingdon Valley Tree Removal

Tree Removal Specialists Serving Bucks, Montgomery, Mercer, and Hunterdon Counties

Since 1983, our customers have trusted Willow Tree and Landscape Services with all types and sizes of tree removal. They know that our Huntingdon Valley tree removal specialists have the necessary equipment, experience, and training to ensure that every complete tree removal is done professionally and safely. They also know that as a family-owned and -operated company, we will treat their property as if it is our own. 

Our tree care company is fully insured and offers complete tree removal services on trees of any size and condition. We are ready to assist you with emergency tree removal, tree removal with our crane, stump grinding, stump removal, and more. No matter the complexity of the job, you can rest assured our friendly and highly trained crews will safely remove your tree while protecting your property and leaving it spotlessly clean!

Need safe tree removal from an experienced professional? Our ISA-certified arborists offer free quotes, so call (215) 607-6321 or contact us online today.

Why Remove a Tree?

In some cases, treatment, pruning, or relocation can potentially save an imperiled or problematic tree. However, there are circumstances when the removal of a tree becomes necessary for safety and environmental health reasons. 

Our Huntingdon Valley tree removal specialists can evaluate any concerns you may have and offer tailored advice. We will determine whether tree removal is necessary and help you understand all your options for protecting your property.

You may need to consider removing a tree in the following scenarios:

  • Risk of falling. Trees that are dead or severely damaged pose a significant risk of falling, potentially causing damage to property, or worse, injuring people. Trees leaning dangerously close to homes, power lines, or public areas should be assessed and possibly removed.
  • Disease beyond treatment. When a tree is so severely affected by disease that neither pruning nor treatment can cure it, removal might be the only option. A diseased tree can also spread pathogens to surrounding vegetation, risking the health of other plants and trees in the area.
  • Risk of structural property damage. Roots from large trees can grow extensively, potentially damaging foundations, plumbing, and underground utilities. In such cases, removing the tree might be necessary to protect property.
  • Interference with construction. Sometimes, trees must be removed to make way for new construction or renovation projects. However, it’s essential to consult with professionals to explore if the tree can be preserved or if relocation is a possibility.
  • Dead or dying trees. A dead or dying tree not only lacks aesthetic appeal but can also attract pests and become a breeding ground for disease, potentially affecting nearby healthy trees.

Common Causes of Tree Damage

Dead or irreversibly dying trees should generally be removed from your property – but what causes a tree to die prematurely? Potentially fatal tree damage can stem from a variety of factors.

Some of the most common causes of tree damage include:

  • Environmental stress. Trees are significantly impacted by environmental factors like extreme temperatures, drought, excessive moisture, and high winds. These conditions can lead to stress that weakens trees, making them more susceptible to disease and insect infestations. For example, prolonged drought can dehydrate a tree, reducing its ability to transport nutrients, which is essential for its survival and growth.
  • Pests and diseases. Infestation by pests such as beetles, caterpillars, and termites can cause extensive damage to trees. These pests attack the leaves, bark, and even the root systems, leading to decreased tree health and sometimes death. Diseases caused by fungi or bacteria can also lead to issues such as root rot, cankers, and blight, further weakening the tree structure.
  • Physical damage. Physical injuries to trees resulting from human activities like construction, landscaping, improper pruning, or even physical impacts caused by vehicular accidents can have severe consequences. Damage to the tree's bark interrupts the flow of nutrients and water, leaving the tree vulnerable to decay and infection. Additionally, soil compaction around the tree's base can suffocate the roots, impairing growth and stability.
  • Chemical exposure. Exposure to harmful chemicals, whether through pesticides, herbicides, or pollution, can damage trees. These chemicals can alter the soil composition, making it difficult for trees to absorb the necessary nutrients. Toxic pollutants in the air can also affect tree health by damaging the leaves through which trees breathe and photosynthesize.

Types of Tree Removal Methods

Safely removing a tree with minimal damage to the surrounding property is often easier said than done, which is why you should always leave this task to the professionals! Our skilled, experienced, well-trained, and longtime employees know how to safely perform any tree removal. And while we can perform tree removals of any size, we specialize in removing large trees and dangerous trees – including removals that require a crane. 

Our Huntingdon Valley tree removal experts offer free inspections and estimates. We will determine the best way to safely remove your tree and walk you through what to expect.

Professional tree removal methods include:

  • Felling. This traditional method involves cutting the tree from its base, causing it to fall in a controlled direction. The area around the tree must be clear of structures, people, and other objects to avoid damage and injuries. Felling is most suitable for trees located in open spaces where there is enough room for the tree to lie flat on the ground once cut.
  • Sectional dismantling. In situations where trees are too close to buildings, power lines, or other sensitive areas, we may explore sectional dismantling. With this approach, our crews will climb the tree and cut it into sections, starting from the top and working our way down. Each piece is carefully lowered to the ground using ropes to prevent damage to the surrounding area. 
  • Crane-assisted removal. For extremely large trees or those in particularly challenging locations, we may proceed with a crane-assisted method. We will use our crane to lift sections of the tree out after they’ve been cut. This approach allows for quick removal of large trees with minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. 
  • Chemical removal. Though not a direct method of tree removal, chemicals can be used to kill a tree slowly, making it easier to remove through one of the other methods mentioned above. Chemical removal is generally considered a last resort due to its environmental impact and the time it takes for the tree to die and become safe for removal.

If you think you may need our Huntingdon Valley tree removal services, do not hesitate to call (215) 607-6321 or contact us online!

Signs a Tree Is Weak and May Need to Be Removed

You should not wait to schedule a professional inspection of a potentially dangerous tree. Recognizing the warning signs of a weak, dying, or dead tree early allows for timely intervention that may save the tree or, at the very least, prevent potential damage to property and ensure the safety of those near the area.

  • Visible signs of decay

    When visually inspecting a tree, look for large, dead branches (also known as widowmakers), cavities, or significant amounts of fungal growth at the base of the tree or on its trunk. Decay is a strong indicator that the tree’s structural integrity is compromised.

  • Cracks and splits in the trunk
    Visible cracks and splits in the trunk of the tree can signal internal decay or structural weakness. Such defects can significantly increase the risk of the tree or its limbs failing, especially under the stress of high winds or the added weight of snow and ice.
  • Leaning

    While some trees naturally grow at an angle, a tree that suddenly begins to lean could be in trouble. A lean might be due to root damage or weakening on one side of the tree, increasing the risk of the tree toppling over. Pay special attention if the soil around the base appears to be disturbed or if roots are exposed and damaged.

  • Dead or hanging branches

    Dead branches in the upper part of the tree – also known as the crown – or branches that are partially detached and hanging pose a significant risk. These branches can fall without warning, making the tree a safety hazard, particularly if it’s located near walkways, structures, or play areas.

  • Poor tree architecture

    A tree with an unusual shape or structure, such as having all or most of its branches on one side, may also be at risk. Poor architecture can lead to an imbalance, making the tree more susceptible to falling during storms or under the weight of ice or snow.

  • Root problems

    Roots are critical for a tree’s stability and health. Signs of root problems can include visible rot or fungi on the roots, soil heaving around the base of the tree, or exposed roots that are damaged or decaying. These conditions can weaken the tree’s foundation, making it prone to falling.

  • Cankers

    Cankers are sections of dead bark on the branches or trunk of a tree caused by disease, fungi, or injury. These areas can weaken the structural integrity of the tree, making it likely for branches or large parts of the tree to break off.

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