Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

When a Tree Dies in an Inhabited Area…

décembre 1Call an arborist and have it removed. You can’t leave a dead tree standing in an urban or suburban environment: the risk to others and property are too great. And under no circumstances should you try to cut down a tree yourself. A tree does not always fall where it is intended and, as it falls, may damage private property (house, outbuilding, car, garden structure, etc.) or cause injury to people. Every year there are people who are seriously injured or even killed while trying to cut down trees. Let me repeat that: cutting down a tree is a job for a professional arborist!

On the other hand, in a more natural environment, let dead trees stand. They serve as shelter for a variety of animals (woodpeckers, owls, flying squirrels, etc.) and even when they do fall on their own, continue to serve the forest community, nourishing the soil as they decompose and serving as nursery area for several specialized plants.

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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