Learn More From Your Tacoma Tree Care Professionals

Tacoma, Lakewood, & Gig Harbor Tree Care

In the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have beautiful trees and plants. Often, these trees grow to be hardy and strong. While we may have beautiful and durable tree species in our area, it is not uncommon for trees to develop issues that need addressing — and that’s where our tree care team can help.

Serving the Tacoma, Lakewood, and Gig Harbor areas, Apex Tree Experts is here for all of your tree care needs. Whether you have a tree that simply needs pruning and shaping or a dead tree that needs to be removed and mulched, we would be more than happy to help. Contact us today for a free project estimate. We look forward to hearing from you.


When to Call a Tree Care Professional

When to Call a Tree Care Professional

When it comes to tree care, most homeowners are not educated about the early warning signs of a distressed tree — meaning that they usually don’t contact a tree care professional until after the tree is damaged beyond repair. As a professional tree care service provider, our team at Apex Tree Experts is here to answer any questions that you might have about tree care — including whether or not you might need our services. That said, below we have listed some of the most common signs that it might be time to schedule a tree care appointment with our team. 

Note: When you contact our team at Apex Tree Care, it is important to remember that our initial consultations and project estimates are FREE. So if you have any reason to believe that your trees are distressed or damaged, be sure to contact us right away!

Common Signs That Your Trees Are Distressed or Damaged

As a homeowner, it is more than likely that you’ll notice when something has changed on your property. With your trees, it is no different. Trees are incredibly complex organisms, and much like humans, they exhibit symptoms when they are damaged, diseased, or distressed. Below, our team of local tree care professionals has compiled a list of some of the most common signs that you should schedule a tree care consultation. Continue reading to learn more. 

Broken Branches

Arguably the most apparent symptom of a tree being distressed or damaged is one or more broken branches. Broken branches are often a sign of trauma and can become a health burden to a tree if left unaddressed. Wet, heavy snowfall, high winds, falling trees, and accidental contact with tree branches can all cause breakage. 

Deep Cracks

If you are looking at a tree and notice that it has begun to develop noticeable deep cracks in the trunk area, it is a sign that the tree is severely injured or dying. Deep cracks can develop for a number of reasons, including disease, insect infestation, and a lack of water absorption in the root system. When a deep crack develops, it is important to have a tree care professional assess the damages before the crack becomes infected and begins to rot. 

Crossing Branches

While trees are complex organisms that have been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years, they don’t always grow as nature intended. Sure, most trees can grow healthy naturally, but sometimes branch development can be hindered and branches can begin to cross. 

Crossing branches can put unnatural stress on your trees and cause their health to deteriorate. Most often, the best solution for crossing branches is to have one of the branches removed so that the other can continue to grow unhindered. 


One of the most obvious signs that a tree might be distressed, dying, or damaged is the presence of deadwood. Deadwood can appear in the crown of a tree, in whole sections of branches, and parts of the trunk. Deadwood is also a sign of infestation or infection, meaning that the deadwood should be removed by a tree care services provider before the infection or infestation spreads to the healthy parts of the tree. 

Damaged Leader Branches

A leader branch is a large, weight-bearing branch that stems from the base of the tree. Often, leader branches support many other branches and a considerable amount of weight. Because of this, a dead or damaged leader branch can become a fall hazard. If a leader branch is damaged or dead, a tree care professional should inspect the branch right away to reduce the risk of the branch falling, causing damages or serious injuries. 


A canker is a spot of a tree where the bark appears to be sunken or has fallen off. Cankers are a sign of sickness and care usually found on the lower parts of the tree’s trunk. Cankers can also appear as irregular growths on the tree and should be addressed immediately by a tree care specialist. 

Unrestricted Growth

In most cases, a tree will only grow to be a certain size — whether that be related to the tree species or the amount of space that the tree has to grow. That said, sometimes trees will continue to grow even when they don’t have the space to do so. If a tree begins to grow too close to a structure or the trees that surround it, it will cause complications. Luckily, a quick pruning appointment can remedy this issue. 

Exposed Roots

If a large number of roots are surfacing and becoming exposed, it is a sign that the soil is either low in nutrients or too dense for the tree to root deeper. In some cases, this can create issues with the stability of the tree. To avoid having an issue with the stability of your trees, have your local tree care provider take a look at the tree’s root system. 

Reasons That You Might Want Tree Care Services

While there are plenty of reasons why you might need to have your trees inspected, there are also a few reasons why you might want them to be removed or trimmed. Even if your trees are perfectly healthy there are plenty of reasons why you might contact your local tree care provider. Below, we have listed some of the most common reasons that residents in the Tacoma, Lakewood, and Gig Harbor areas contact our team for our tree care services. 

Aesthetic Reasons

While trees grow naturally and often need no human intervention, they can be altered by professional arborists to look better while keeping them healthy. While hedges and shrubs are most commonly associated with trimming and shaping, trees can also be altered to look better. 

If you have trees, large or small, that you would like to be shaped or trimmed, contact our team today. We would love to discuss the logistics of the project and provide you with a project estimate. 

Branches Near Power Lines

One of the most common reasons that tree pruning is used is to clear branches from power lines. While most cities will take care of trees near powerlines, they are not always very responsive. If a tree is nearing a powerline next to your home, there is a fire hazard and it should be addressed immediately by a tree care provider or the city. 

Trees Threatening Structures

After every large storm, you might notice an influx of pictures of fallen trees on social media. Most of these pictures show homes, businesses, and auxiliary structures crushed by a tree or branch. Luckily, there is a way for you to avoid having your property damaged — by clearing trees and branches that are a potential threat. 

Trees that are too close to a structure can fall for many resonations. A strong storm, decay, and other accidents can all lead to at-risk trees damaging your building. By scheduling tree care services, however, our tree care professionals can identify and mitigate the risks on your property.

To Enhance Views

When people think of tree care services, they typically think of tree care professionals saving sick and infected trees or pruning trees so that they look better. In reality, sometimes tree care services involve removing perfectly healthy trees. In the Pacific Northwest, we have some pretty incredible views. Sometimes, those views are blocked or restricted by trees.

At Apex Tree Experts, we practice safe tree removal — meaning that when we remove trees to create better views, we do so in a way that doesn’t damage other trees in the immediate area. 

Contact Apex Tree Experts Today for All Your Tree Service Needs

If you need tree services in Tacoma, Lakewood, or Gig Harbor, we urge you to get in touch with a member of our team today. A member of our team would be more than happy to provide you with a FREE project quote. Contact us today