Removing a Dead Tree | Shelter Insurance®

Timber! Take Out Your Dying Tree Before It Takes Out Your Roof

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A dying tree can be more than just an ugly sight. It may be a safety hazard and if it were to break, the tree could land on your property or someone else’s and may cause severe damage. Deciding to remove a tree can be difficult. Here are tips that can help:

How to Decide When it’s Time
Sometimes it can be hard to determine if a tree is dead or just hazardous. Some signs that are a “dead” giveaway are more visible than others, such as significant trunk damage, having large dead branches, and trunk rot or large fungus growing around the base of the tree. Other hazards signs are harder to spot. Is the trunk of the tree hollow? If so, then the trunk may not be able to support the weight of the tree and may be easily blown over. Is there damage to the root system due to construction or another event? If your tree is displaying any of these signs, or multiple signs, then it may need to be removed. Contact your local arborist to have your tree evaluated.

So You Have a Dead Tree?
In many cases a tree that is dying or may already be dead may be revived through pruning the tree. Contact your local professional to see what your options are, but in some cases your tree may be past the point of saving. If this is the case, it’s best to call a professional to have it removed. Some homeowners have equipment and experience to remove small trees themselves. If you decide to remove the tree yourself, remember safety gear such as goggles, gloves and boots.

If you believe that your tree may be a safety hazard, ask a professional to have the tree inspected. Although tree removal may be expensive, damage from a fallen tree can be devastating and deadly. Take care of your dying tree before it causes bigger problems.

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