The trees in your yard are some of the largest installations of your landscaping design. Over time, however, your trees can quickly become overgrown and detract from your home's curb appeal – not to mention that they can also represent a safety threat to your home if they overhang your roof. Understanding some of the signs associated with a tree that is in dire need of being trimmed can help you have a professional arborist take a look at your trees before they represent a problem to your yard and home.
Broken and Dead Branches
One of the most obvious signs that you should consider trimming your trees is if you notice that there are multiple dead or broken branches on the tree. Not only do these branches, which can be identified by the fact that they no longer grow leaves on them and may be hanging off your tree at a strange angle, represent a safety hazard, but they can be detrimental to your tree's health. Removing dead and broken branches can give space for healthier limbs to flourish and for the entire tree to continue to grow larger.
If you notice that there is abnormal growth on a specific limb of your tree, you may want to contact an arborist to inspect your tree for other signs of disease (and all the other trees within your yard while he's at it, to see if the disease has spread). If you manage to catch a disease early, you can likely save the tree by simply removing the affected limb from the tree. However, in the unfortunate case that your tree has become completely infected, you'll have to contact tree removal services to remove the entire tree before the disease is able to spread to other trees and plants in your yard.
Similar to the above point, you should also keep an eye out for physical damage to the bark of your trees. Any signs of splitting, cracking, or separation of the bark from the tree can point to disease, the beginnings of rot, or excessive growth that is causing too much strain on a specific area or branch of your tree. In any of these cases, you'll want to trim back or remove the affected branches to alleviate the strain on the rest of the tree and to ensure that any disease or rot does not have the opportunity to spread.