There are many reasons why a tree dies and some of these reasons include their exposure to extreme weather conditions, the infiltration of insects and pests, as well as pollution and degradation in soil quality. However, before you make any attempt to remove a tree, make sure that it really no longer has a sign of life. Inspect any fungus growth around its trunk or the base of its trunk because this is an initial sign of a dead tree. Abnormally bare branches, particularly during summer or spring is also an indication that a tree is dead.
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To verify whether your tree is still alive or otherwise, you can perform a scratch test. Remove a small portion of its bark with your fingers or using a knife. Underneath this protective bark layer is the cambium layer. If your tree is still alive, the cambium layer will have a green color. If you see that it is already dried out with a brown color, then your tree is already dead. Just keep in mind to do the scratch test on the main trunk of the tree because some of its branches may already be dead but the tree itself may still be alive.
Professional Tree Removal Services
If the tree in your backyard shows all signs of a dead tree, then it is best to have it removed to reduce any injury it may bring to you or to others living in your property. You have the option of hiring professional dead tree removal services, particularly if your tree is quite large. They will be able to give you an estimate in advance of how much their services cost and it is likely that you only need to pay after the job is done. You can ask the contractors to cut off the wood from your tree into small pieces that you can use for firewood or donate to your community.
DIY Tree Removal
In case the tree in your yard is not that big, having a height of fewer than eight feet, then you can handle its removal by yourself. You just need to identify the size of the hole that you need to dig. For instance, for each inch of its trunk diameter, you need to dig at least a foot out from the base, six inches deep. This will ensure that you will be able to uncover its entire root. Water the soil around the tree the day before you intend to remove it to make it easier for you to dig.
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To wrap things up, if you already notice indications that your tree is no longer alive, perform the scratch test. This will verify your suspicion. In case your tree is already dead, make sure to get the services of the professionals for its removal, especially if you are dealing with a large tree. This will reduce any risk injuries as well as damages to property. Otherwise, if you only have a small tree, you can start getting to work and have it removed by yourself.