WHEN IT’S TIME TO REMOVE A TREE?
Diagnosing a dead tree is a two-person task. You and your arborist both play an important role in keeping your yard safe from a hazardous tree.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS THAT YOUR TREE IS DEAD
Decay-producing fungi, such as mushrooms, growing at the base of the trunk
Chipped or peeling bark and cracks in the trunk
Cavities in the trunk or large scaffold branches
Dead or hanging branches in the upper crown
Fine twigs without living buds near the ends of branches
SHOULD I REMOVE MY TREE OR HIRE A PROFESSIONAL TO DO IT?
When you work with a professional arborist, they’ll inspect your tree, assess the need for removal and provide you with an estimate.
Removing a tree on your own can be very dangerous, especially if you have to climb a ladder with cumbersome tools to remove bulky branches. These are just some of the risks that come along with DIY tree removal.
A certified arborist who is licensed, insured and educated on how to safely remove trees is by far the best person for the job.
HAZARDS AND SAFETY ISSUES REGARDING A DEAD TREE
A dead tree might not “look” like a danger to your property. But once it’s determined that a tree is declining or no longer living, it’s a safety hazard—even if it doesn’t have hanging branches or a leaning trunk to show for it.
Dead tree signs are subtle, but they should always be taken seriously. A dead tree poses a great risk to you and your home because it’s particularly weak. It can lose branches or tip over in a storm and severely damage your home or property. The scariest part is that dead trees are completely unpredictable. There’s no way to tell if a storm coming up next week or next year will lead them to their breaking point, or if they’ll come down on their own.
And that’s just one of the reasons to remove a dead tree. If a pest or disease prompted the tree’s decline, it’s critical to remove it so nearby trees aren’t at risk of infestation.
Safely removing a dead tree protects you and your landscape from these hazards and leaves room for you to bring new life to your landscape.