Tree Removal vs Tree Trimming

Tree Removal vs. Tree Trimming

Should I have you take a few branches off or remove the whole tree?

This is a tough question to answer! Like the human body every tree is different. There may be general guidelines for each species of tree but the full picture has to be analyzed to make a final determination.

Let’s look at some of the questions we ask when evaluating the tree.

  • Condition of the tree – Is it dropping branches? Is there cavity rot? Is there sufficient foliage? Is it suffering from die back?split tree removal
  • Surrounding area – Has there been significant root damage? Is the area prone to flooding?
  • Age of the tree – How old is the tree? Younger trees can recover from removing multiple branches better than an older tree. They can also be shaped into mature, sound trees.
  • Activity level around the tree – Is your patio under the tree? Do children play under the tree? Do you park your car under the tree? Is the tree in an area that if it fell or dropped branches it would not damage anything?
  • Safety/Drama – Does this tree pose a safety danger? Will you wake up in the middle of the night to a hole in your roof? Your morning commute will be over before it starts with the tree across your car?


Our general rule of thumb is if the tree poses a danger or displays signs of posing a danger, then we recommend removal but removal is not always necessary. We may be able to structurally prune or trim the tree to lighten the load it supports, along with installing cables to provide extra support.

Call Brian Favreau, ISA Certified Arborist to discuss your tree options and recommendations today! 978-706-1038

  1. Excellent article! I read your blog, and points are good. So many people do not know about the Tree removing & Tree trimming thanks for the sharing.

  2. Not every tree needs to be removed, sometime trimming it will be a better solution and can save the tree. Of course every case (tree) is different and decision should be made accordingly, questions in this article are great insights into which option is better for that particular tree.

  3. Fantastic things to consider before messing with the tree. The activity level is a HUGE one, and it ties in with overall safety!

  4. I just recently had to take out my tree in front of my home and I wasn’t sure why it was causing so many problems. I later found out that it was mainly because of the age of the tree, just like this article talks about. Knowing the age of the tree is important as it can help you better gauge what future problems may lay ahead. Thank you for sharing these great tips.

  5. Excellent and professional work. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Favreau Forestry.

  6. This pretty much sums it up! Good article guys.

  7. Great article. We wrote a similar article a bit ago about trimming vs tree removal as well. There’s certainly a lot to consider if you’re looking at tree removal at all.

  8. It’s just a matter of time before dead trees begin to topple over, and that can pose a threat to anything around it. tree removal services keeping your home and loved ones safe.every tree need not to be removed, sometimes trimming it will be a better solution and can save the tree.

  9. My wife and I have been thinking about getting some tree cutting done. I’m glad you talked about how you should look at the activity level around the tree. I’m going to have to look into some tree cutting options and see what we can find!

  10. I am glad you talked about how the age of the tree should come into account when deciding whether to trim and prune it or remove it. My mom loves her oak tree in our backyard and has noticed it is wilted. Thanks for the information on how to decide when to remove trees or trim them.

  11. Thanks for the guide on whether or no I should take down a tree in my yard. There is a great old oak tree that I think may pose a threat. I’ll have to have a professional come assess its health for me.

  12. There are a few old oak trees in my yard that have seen better days. I think that at least one of them might be dead or dying. Thanks for explaining when a tree can be trimmed and when it should be removed. I’m sure a professional will be able to tell me if my tree is a danger.

  13. That is good to know that younger trees can recover better than older trees when you remove multiple branches. I have some trees that look kind of bad, and I have been thinking about removing them and getting new trees. I’m glad the younger trees would be able to recover from things better than these older trees.

  14. I appreciate your suggestion to consider the age of the tree since a younger one will better be able to handle multiple branches. My husband and I have a tree with a lot of branches, so we are wondering if we should have it removed or trimmed. Since it is rather old, we will be sure to have it removed.

  15. I appreciate that you mentioned that generally if it poses any signs of danger that you will remove it, but if it just needs a little help you’ll do what you can to keep it. It’s nice that you analyze it enough before you just take it all down because trees give a great aesthetic to any area. I think that I will have someone come and check out the tree in our front yard and see if they think it should be removed or pruned. Thank you for your help.

  16. This is a good idea and worth to share, trees are helpful to us and in many ways. I love the idea that it should check and consider any situation before cut or trim. Thank you for sharing this great idea,keep up the good works!.

  17. I agree that you need to look at the condition of the tree. This will determine what type of service needs to be done, like you said. You will need to see if it is best to trim it or just have it removed all together.

  18. Trees respond differently to summer pruning and dormant pruning. In the fall the energy of the tree is stored in the root and trunk system to support the top section. If removal of a large portion of the tree is done during dormancy, the tree’s energy is not changed.

  19. My home I just moved into has a huge tree in the front yard. It looks like it is getting old. Thank you for letting me know the younger the tree is the easier it is to help it recover. This old tree seems to be dying, and I think it doesn’t have the advantage of recovering. I will need to follow your safety advice and get a place to remove it for me.

  20. I never knew that a younger tree can handle losing branches better than older trees. My wife and I have been considering moving into a new house, and the previous owners plated some trees before they left. If those trees need to be pruned, I will be sure to hire a pruner that can get rid of the unhealthy branches!

  21. Love the article. Thank you for taking the time to write.

    In my area, there are a lot of obstacles in the tight neighborhoods and determining whether or not branch trimming or tree removal is the next step is very important. The questions you asked gave me a lot to think about as I talk to potential clients.

    Thanks again.

  22. Thanks for pointing out that a tree that can be a danger must be removed to ensure that there will be accidents. I will follow your advice now that the tree in front of our house has been leaning towards the road. It must be because of the strong winds when it rained a couple of weeks ago.

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