What Do I Do With My Dead Trees?

July 30, 2019

 Are you a property owner in the Tacoma area? Do you have dead or partially-dead trees on your property? If so, you are likely wondering what the best course of action is. You could have the trees removed or you can have the trees pruned — heck, you can even leave the dead trees alone and let nature take its course. 

As a tree service provider, here in the Tacoma area, people often ask us what the best course of action is when they have a dead tree on their property. In truth, it depends on your unique situation — so there is no “blanket” answer that we can provide you with. We can, however, discuss a few things that might influence what the best course of action is. 

In today’s blog, we will be discussing some of the situations that might determine whether or not we decide to remove dead trees on local properties.

Situations That Mandate Removal

It Is Dangerous

When trees die, they naturally become a fall risk. That being said, the amount of time that the tree has been dead plays a huge role in how much of a fall risk it is. If the tree has been dead for months, even years, one can assume that it has begun to rot to the point in which it is not as stable as it once was. When this happens, events as simple as high winds can cause the tree to fall. Removing the tree can prevent future injury to passersby.

It Is Causing Issues For Other Trees & Buildings

When our team is dispatched to provide tree services in Tacoma, we always try to remedy the situation caused by the tree in such a way that it does not have to be removed. Typically, we do so by pruning the problem trees. That being said, sometimes dead trees are simply too close to buildings or other trees for us to simply prune the parts of the tree with the highest fall risk. If pruning can’t remedy the issue, the tree will likely need to be fully removed.

To Replace It With A Living Tree

If you have a dead tree on your property, it might not be situated in an area that causes it to be a danger, but it also isn’t doing anything beneficial to your local ecosystem. Rather than letting the dead tree take up space, consider removing it and replacing it with a species of tree that is known to grow well in our Pacific Northwest climate.

Reasons To Keep A Dead Tree

It Is Contributing Positively To The Local Environment

While it may seem contradictory to the last argument that we had in favor or tree removal, dead trees can sometimes harbor life. As dead trees begin to decay, they tend to become hollow as the heartwood of the tree seemingly melts away. While it is rare in urban environments such as our own, sometimes insects and animals utilize the open cavities in dead trees — creating nests and hives in a protected environment. If you have bees or animals living in your dead tree, we suggest that the animals or insects be removed by professionals or that you leave the dead tree alone.

Because There Is Simply No Need for Removal

For property owners in the Tacoma area who have multiple acres of land, it may not ever be necessary to have any dead trees removed. If the dead tree is located in a low-traffic area, is not threatening any structures, and not inhibiting the growth of other trees in its immediate area, there is really no need to have the tree removed. Instead, you can simply watch as nature takes its course over time. 

Have Dead Trees? Let Our Team Take A Look!

There is no yes or no answer when it comes to tree removal. Instead, it is fully dependant on the location of the tree, the extent of its decay, and the property that the tree is on to determine whether or not the tree needs to be removed. 

If you have a dead tree on your property, we urge you to get in touch with us today to schedule a tree inspection. On the date of the inspection, a member of our team will take a look at your dead tree and determine whether or not the tree needs to be removed. 

So what are you waiting for? If you have one or more dead trees on your Tacoma property, we urge you to contact us today to request a tree removal quote

We look forward to hearing from you, helping you resolve your tree issues, and having the opportunity to help take care of your trees.

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