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How to Break Up with Your Tree

In this article with the St. Croix Valley Magazine, Justin Bence, district manager of Davey's N. Minneapolis office, tells homeowners how to determine when it might be time to part with their tree.   

Posted: Feb. 14, 2017

By Erik Tormoen 

During this month of love, it’s important to know when to call it quits. Sometimes it’s clear when to “break up” with a tree; other times, it’s harder to tell. But when a tree falls ill, it goes from asset to liability.

Identifying a sick tree is easy, says Justin Bence, district manager for the Davey Tree Expert Company. “A visual inspection helps determine a sick tree,” he says. “If you see a problem at the base, there are probably significant problems up top.”

Evaluate trees’ health with three easy steps:

  • Get to the root of it. Look at the tree’s base and roots, looking for soft spots or decay. Check the collar, where the trunk and roots meet at the soil surface. Pull back grass or groundcover to check for decay, or missing or broken bark.

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