Surgical Strike Tree Service

Lake Saint Louis' Top Rated Local® TREE SERVICE


Trees provide life, beauty, shade, and much more to those around them. They increase property appeal and often represent great memories throughout the years. While often times trees are a beneficiary, it’s important to know when you need to remove one. Let’s take a look at some reasons why your tree may need to go.

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A great, quick way to tell if a tree needs to be removed is to assess how much damage it’s endured. If 50 percent or more of the tree has been damaged, you will want to look into removing it. While a tree can live for many years after it has started to decline, it will never have a full, healthy appearance. Once the decline of the tree’s life has started, it becomes increasingly dangerous to you. Not sure at the amount of damage? Call Surgical Strike and we will send a tree specialist to come and evaluate the tree as well as the site it’s in.

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Examining the branches of the tree is another easy way to determine the necessity of removing it. If the tree has had their top broken off or damaged at some point, or has large limbs that have been damaged, it is a dangerous hazard to people and property. In addition, any hanging or broken branches, crossed or rubbing branches, or narrow branch angles should be removed. Because narrow branches, specifically on the main trunk of the tree, are more prone to splitting, it’s important to take note and correct it if possible. If half of the tree has dead branches, that probably means the root system of that side is also dead and the tree should be removed.


When deciding to remove a tree, take into account the size of the area it is growing. Because trees often live longer than humans, their roots continue to grow deeper and their limbs can grow closer to a home, posing a threat to both the foundation and the house as a whole. In the event that the tree outgrows its surroundings, you will want to remove it. A good rule of thumb is to leave a 20 foot buffer between your home and a large tree. For smaller trees, give about a 6 foot gap.


If you are still unsure about how to determine whether a tree should remain or not, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Would it benefit other trees around it, if it was removed?
  • Does the tree have any defects?
  • Is the tree currently causing an obstruction of view that poses danger?
  • Are there any power lines directly above the tree?


All of these questions pose a great case for needing to remove a tree. If you have decided to go forward with tree removal, never attempt to do it yourself. Call a professional company who has experience in tree removal services. When you are not sure about a tree, in any sense, an arborist can come and assess the situation for you. At Surgical Strike we pride ourselves on our high quality and affordable service in the tree service industry. To have it done right the first time, in a short time, contact us today.