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The Pros and Cons of Summertime Tree Removal

When temperatures begin to rise in the late spring, many residents start thinking about home improvement and landscaping projects that can be completed during the summer. We get many calls for tree removal from June to August. During summer, many homeowners plan backyard activities such as gardening, picnics, installing a summer kitchen, redoing the landscaping and even planting different trees. For the most part, summer is a good time for tree removal, but there are a couple of situations that may cause you to reconsider doing it in a different season.

Advantages of Tree Removal During Summer

Less Chance of Erosion

Summer is generally the driest time for soil. This makes the ground firmer and easier to access with heavy equipment, thus reducing the risk of erosion during the removal process. When the ground has been exposed to rainfall or snowmelt, the saturation may cause the soil to become unstable and prone to sinkholes.

Better for the Landscaping

When it comes to cutting down or uprooting a tree, we strive to minimize damage to the landscaping. If we see that firmer ground in the summer provides the best condition for tree removal, we let property owners know. There’s also the matter of reduced foliage and improved visibility in the summer. Arborists can get a better view of potential hazards like damaged branches or power lines.

Prevent Diseases From Spreading

Infestations and fungal diseases tend to be more active in warmer and humid conditions. If you have a sick tree on your property, you will want to remove it early in the summer to prevent the spread of these issues to nearby healthy trees.

Possible Disadvantages of Tree Removal During Summer

Local Regulations and Restrictions

Whenever we get calls for tree removals, we first check if there are any restrictions in effect, or if there is a need to get a permit from the town or county. These restrictions tend to be specific.

For example, no removal of root systems is allowed along a street until the water utility completes an active project. Many public works at the county level are scheduled for the summer, so you may have to wait a few weeks until restrictions are lifted.


The other factor is related to wildlife. Summer is nesting season for some bird species. Removing trees could disrupt nests. For this reason, some property owners wait until chicks have left the nest before they call us.

When you need tree removal services for your residential or commercial property, feel free to get in touch with Family Tree Care in Guilford, CT.