There are many reasons why a tree may die. Drought, cold, heat, and disease are just a few of the circumstances that can cause a tree to die. No matter what the reason, when a tree dies, it’s important to have it removed as soon as possible.
Signs You May Have a Dead or Dying Tree on Your Property
You don’t need to be a professional arborist to tell when a tree on your property is dead or has become sick and is dying. Signs that a tree is dead or dying and needs to be removed include:
- Lack of growth
- Leaf discoloration, crumbling branches, and other signs of a fungus infection
- Lack of leaves or dead and dying leaves
- Large dead branches
- Fallen dead branches
- Cracks, splits, or openings in the trunk
- Hollowness in trunk
- Root defects and discoloration
- Sprouts around the base
There are many reasons to remove a dead or dying tree:
It’s the Law
Local LA fire codes require property owners to clear and remove any dead trees or brush from their property. Dead trees and brush present a significant fire hazard. You could be fined up to $1000 for failing to remove a dead tree from your property
In addition, a healthy live tree may need to be trimmed, pruned, or removed if it is growing within a certain distance of a house or other structure, chimney, a combustible fence, power lines, a roadway, etc. to bring your property into compliance with the local fire codes.
Dead Trees Present a Safety Hazard
Dead trees create other safety hazards besides fire. A dead tree lacks the structural stability of a live tree. Branches are more likely to fall during strong winds or storms. In some cases, the entire tree may topple over. These have the potential to cause serious personal injury to yourself and your family as well as property damage to your house, automobiles, and outdoor structures.
Dead Trees Attract Pests
Dead and dying trees provide food and shelter for all kinds of unwanted pests, such as termites, wood-boring ants and insects, rats, mice, snakes, and more.
Dead and Dying Trees Are An Eyesore
Finally, a dead or dying tree takes away from the appearance and curb appeal of your property.
Dead Tree Removal is a Job Best Left to Professionals
Removing a dead tree isn’t a DIY project. Dead tree removal is a potentially dangerous job. There are some good reasons why tree removal is on the list of the Discovery Channel’s deadliest jobs. Each year, several people are injured or killed while trimming or removing a dead tree. There are so many things that can go wrong:
- You could be struck by a falling branch or trunk. Although dead, a tree limb may weigh hundreds of pounds; the trunk could weigh several tons.
- Just as bad: the branches or trees can fall in the wrong place, resulting in personal injury or property damage.
- You could lose your footing and fall off a ladder or branch.
- You could accidentally come into contact with a power line and be electrocuted.
- Axes, saws, chainsaws, woodchoppers, and other tree removal tools can cause severe injury or death if handled incorrectly.
Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping Are Here to Keep Your Property Safe and Looking its Best
The best way to keep you, your family, and your property safe is to hire a team of tree removal professionals with years of experience.
Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping has been providing safe and effective tree removal services to Los Angeles area property owners for more than 25 years. Our team of tree removal specialists uses the latest equipment and highest safety standards to quickly, safely, and efficiently remove a dead tree from your property. We can ensure your property is safe from any fire hazards and in compliance with city and county fire codes
Don’t wait until someone gets hurt, something gets damaged, or you receive a citation to remove a dead tree from your property. Contact Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping through our website or call us at (310) 324-6593 to schedule a visit from one of our highly experienced and trained Los Angeles tree removal specialists.