How to spot weak trees that need to be taken down


EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Fall is here and winter is right around the corner. While most prepare for winter by checking their furnace, most do not think about how winter weather can bring down trees and branches.

Wet snow piles onto the leaves, causing trees to fall onto the roadways, even on homes. Some trees and branches can even bring down power lines, plunging thousands of homes into darkness. That’s why it’s important to have any weak trees taken down before winter’s worst.

“Nobody wants to pay for tree work or tree removal but being proactive can save thousands of dollars. It can save lives,” said Joe Alexopolous, the President of Tree413. He said it costs about $1,000 to remove the average tree.

So, how can you tell if your tree needs to come down? “Look to see if there’s any splits or cracks. Another good thing to look at, cavities or dead branches on the trees. If there’s any dead branches that says a lot about what’s going on inside,” Alexopolous told 22News.