Tree Removal NYC: How to Know It’s Time to Call the Experts

Ever look out your window and wonder, “Is my tree okay?” Maybe its branches are getting a bit close to your roof, or perhaps it seems a little less vibrant than usual. Don’t worry, that’s what us arborists at Owens Bros. Tree Service are here for! We can assess your tree’s health and recommend the best course of action, whether that’s preserving your tree or helping you decide if removal is absolutely necessary. (By the way, we service the Bronx, and Manhattan!)

SignDescriptionPossible ConsequencesAction
Fungal Diseases (Dutch Elm Disease, Ash Yellows)Wilting, leaf discoloration, dead branches throughout the crownWeakens tree, increases risk of falling branches or entire treeCall a certified arborist for inspection and possible treatment options. Early detection is key!
Spotted Lanternfly InfestationReddish wings on trees, sticky substance on leaves and branchesWeakens trees by sucking sap, promotes mold growthCall Owens Bros. Tree Service for assessment and solutions (targeted remedies or removal in severe cases).
Storm Damage (Cracked/Broken Branches, Compromised Root System)Large, hanging branches, visible damage to trunkSerious threat to property, vehicles, or bystandersCall a tree removal service for safe and swift removal of compromised branches or entire tree (if necessary).
Dying Tree (Thinning Foliage, Discolored Leaves, Dead Branches)Tree nearing the end of its natural lifespanRisk of unexpected falling, posing safety hazardCall an arborist for assessment and recommendations (removal or palliative care in some cases).
Mature Mulberry TreeMessy fruit drop, aggressive root system damaging foundations/walkwaysUnwanted wildlife, property damageCall a tree surgeon for removal or explore pruning solutions to manage size and fruit production.
Construction or Development ProjectsTree obstructing planned additions, driveway expansion, etc.Necessary to make way for progressCall a tree removal service for safe and efficient removal, ensuring compliance with permits and regulations.

Silent but Deadly: Tree Diseases

  • Fungal Diseases: These silent attackers, like Dutch Elm Disease or Ash Yellows, can infiltrate a tree’s vascular system, disrupting nutrient and water flow. This weakens the tree significantly, making it more susceptible to other problems and increasing the risk of falling branches or even the entire tree. Unfortunately, by the time you see obvious signs of disease (wilting, leaf discoloration, dead branches throughout the crown), it might be too late to save the tree.
  • The Importance of Early Detection: A certified arborist from Owens Bros. can spot the early warning signs of tree disease through a visual inspection and potentially recommend treatment options to try and save the tree. Early detection is key – don’t wait until your tree is visibly struggling!


Pesky Invaders: The Spotted Lanternfly

  • The Invasive Threat: The spotted lanternfly is a real problem here in NYC, particularly for a certain fast-growing friend – the Ailanthus tree (also known as the Tree of Heaven). These invasive insects love feeding on Ailanthus, and unfortunately, they’ll happily move on to other desirable trees in your yard if their first-choice buffet runs dry. The spotted lanternfly not only weakens trees by sucking their sap, but they also secrete a sticky substance that promotes the growth of mold, further harming the tree’s health.
  • Owens Bros. Tree Service to the Rescue! We offer spotted lanternfly assessments and solutions to help protect your trees from these destructive pests. Early detection is key – if you see those flashy red wings flitting around your Ailanthus tree (or any other trees on your property!), give us a call. We can assess the situation and recommend the best course of action, whether it’s targeted treatments or, in severe cases, tree removal to prevent the spread of the infestation.

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Nature’s Fury: Storm Damage

  • The Dangers of High Winds and Weather Events: Mother Nature can be a force to be reckoned with. High winds, heavy rain, and even ice storms can cause significant damage to trees. Large branches can crack, snap, or become precariously hanging, posing a serious threat to your property, vehicles, or even bystanders. Additionally, the root system of a tree can be compromised during a storm, leaving the entire tree unstable and at risk of falling.
  • Swift and Safe Removal: Our experienced crew at Owens Bros. Tree Service is equipped to handle storm damage safely and efficiently. We can assess the damage and remove any compromised branches or even the entire tree if necessary. We prioritize safety and will work meticulously to minimize any further damage to your property during the removal process.


The Slow Decline: Dying Trees

  • The Inevitable Cycle of Life: Trees don’t live forever, and sometimes, they just reach the end of their natural lifespan. Signs of a dying tree include thinning foliage, discolored leaves throughout the crown, and an increasing number of dead branches. A dying tree becomes structurally weak and could fall unexpectedly, posing a serious hazard to your property and safety.
  • Making the Difficult Decision: If you suspect your tree is on its last legs, it’s best to call a professional like Owens Bros. Tree Service to assess the situation. We can recommend the safest course of action, whether it’s removal or palliative care (yes, trees can benefit from treatments to extend their lifespan in some cases). We understand that removing a tree can be an emotional decision, and we’ll be there to guide you through the process with respect and understanding.


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  • A Balancing Act: messy houseguest here in NYC. Falling mulberries can stain sidewalks and attract unwanted wildlife (think fruit flies and curious raccoons). Additionally, the root systems of mature mulberry trees can be very aggressive, potentially causing problems with foundations, walkways, or underground utilities. They can also crowd out other desirable plants in your yard due to their dense canopy.
  • Weighing the Options: If your mulberry tree is causing more trouble than it’s worth, Owens Bros. can safely remove it for you. However, if you still enjoy the fruit and are willing to put up with some mess, we can also offer pruning solutions to help manage the size and fruit production of your mulberry tree. Ultimately, the decision is yours, but we’ll be here to provide the information and services you need to make the best choice for your situation.

Making Way for Progress

  • Construction and Development: Sometimes, even a healthy tree needs to come down to make way for progress. Maybe you’re planning a new addition to your home, expanding your driveway, or installing a pool – whatever the reason, Owens Bros. can handle the removal safely and efficiently. We understand the importance of permits and regulations in NYC, and we’ll work with you to ensure the entire process complies with city codes.
  • Minimizing Disruption: Our experienced crew is skilled at maneuvering tight spaces and minimizing disruption to your property during the removal process. We’ll carefully remove the tree and ensure the remaining stump is properly ground down so it doesn’t become a future obstacle.


Other Reasons for Tree Removal

  • Trees Crowding Power Lines: Trees that grow too close to power lines can pose a serious safety hazard. If you have trees on your property that are encroaching on power lines, it’s crucial to have them removed by a qualified professional. Owens Bros. Tree Service has the experience and equipment to safely handle this type of situation.
  • Trees Blocking Views or Sunlight: While trees provide wonderful shade, sometimes they can block desirable sunlight from reaching your home or garden. In these cases, strategic pruning might be enough to open up the space. However, if the tree is simply too large or in the wrong location, removal might be the best option. Our arborists can assess your situation and recommend the most appropriate course of action.
  • Leaning Trees: A tree that is leaning significantly can be a sign of root damage, instability, or disease. A leaning tree poses a serious risk of falling and causing property damage or injuries. If you have a leaning tree on your property, it’s important to call a professional arborist to assess the situation and determine if removal is necessary.

Remember: We’re not just about cutting down trees (though we are pretty good at it!). At Owens Bros. Tree Service, we’re passionate about tree health and safety. If you have any concerns about a tree on your property, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We offer free consultations and can help you determine the best course of action for your leafy friend (or not-so-friendly friend, depending on the situation!).

Let’s keep NYC’s urban oasis thriving together!

When to Call a Tree Professional

How much does it cost to top out a tree?

The cost to top a tree varies depending on the tree’s size, location, accessibility, and the specific company you hire. In the Bronx, you can expect to get quotes from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars. However, it’s important to note that topping is not generally recommended by arborists.

Are there trees in the Bronx?

Yes, there are many trees in the Bronx! The borough has several parks and tree-lined streets. Some notable green spaces include Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, and the Botanical Garden.

What time of year is best for tree service?

The best time for tree service depends on the type of service needed. For pruning and trimming, late winter or early spring is often ideal, as it’s before the trees start actively growing. However, tree removal can be done at any time of year.

Is topping trees a good idea?

Topping trees is generally not a good idea. It weakens the tree, making it more susceptible to disease and pests. It can also lead to hazardous regrowth and shorten the tree’s lifespan. There are usually better pruning techniques to achieve your desired result.

How often should you top trees?

You should not top trees at all. If your tree needs pruning, it’s best to consult with a tree service who can recommend appropriate pruning techniques.

If you notice any of the signs listed above, or have any concerns about the health or safety of a tree on your property, it’s important to call a professional arborist like Owens Bros. Tree Service. We can assess the situation, recommend the best course of action, and ensure the removal process is safe and efficient.

local bronx tree serviceOwens Bros. Tree Service: Your NYC Tree Removal Experts

At Owens Bros. Tree Service, we’re passionate about tree health and safety. We serve the Bronx and Manhattan and offer a variety of tree services, including safe and reliable tree removal. Don’t wait! We can answer your questions, assess your tree’s situation, and recommend the best course of action for your specific needs.

Call us now at 718-885-0914 for a free consultation!

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