Deadwooding is the practice of removing dead branches from your tree. It’s a crucial part of tree maintenance that cuts away loose or dying branches, which are the most likely to be knocked loose during a storm.
April and May are good months to take care of this maintenance step, and by the time hurricane and blizzard season roll around, you’ll be glad you did.
Fast Facts About Deadwooding
Spring is the best time to deadwood most trees.
It is common in suburban and urban areas for a tree to be exposed to less sunlight on one of its sides, so one side will require more deadwooding
Deadwooding makes your tree look more lively and attractive
Deadwooding keeps your neighborhood safe by preventing branches from falling
Deadwooding prevents you from paying a fine from damaging property
If not removed in time, dead branches can rot, and that rot can spread into healthy parts of the tree, putting your tree in danger of dying
Rotting branches also attract pest and predatory insects
Deadwood Now to Prevent Damage Later
During the nor’easter in March 2018, Mr. Tree cleaned up many uprooted spruce trees, which are a type of evergreen. During windstorms, dead branches in such trees can create a sail effect, and their shallow root system makes them vulnerable to be blown down in sodden soil.
Thinning your trees in April and May will remove excess growth, reducing this sail effect so your tree is much more likely to survive through those strong winds.
Homeowners often have questions about the trees in their yards and what their responsibilities are for taking care of them. What happens if your tree falls on your neighbor’s yard? What do you do when your neighbor’s tree extends into your yard, or you want to take down a tree that is between more than one property?
Keep reading for answers to these questions and more.
Who owns the tree?
Tree ownership is determined by where the trunk is. If the trunk is entirely on one property, that homeowner also owns the tree.
What if the tree trunk is on the border of two or more properties?
In this case, the tree is known as a boundary tree. Ownership is shared between all the properties that the tree trunk touches. If you want to remove a boundary tree, you cannot legally do so without consent from all the owners.
What if a branch from my neighbor’s tree extends over my property?
If your neighbor’s tree branch hangs over your property, you may trim the branch, but only up to the property line. If your neighbor owns a fruit tree and the branch extends into your yard, you cannot legally pick fruit off the branch. If you cause damage to the tree, you could be liable for up to three times the tree’s value. Most trees are valued at $500-$2,500, but some ornamental or landmark trees cost between $20,000-$60,000.
What if my neighbor’s tree leaves keep blowing into my yard?
If your neighbor’s leaves blow into your yard, you don’t have grounds for a nuisance claim. Leaves are a natural product, so even if they clog your gutters or pipes, you have no legal claim against the tree’s owner.
What if my neighbor’s trees cause damage to my property?
If a tree looks like it might fall on your property, contact the property owner and voice your concern. If the property owner does not comply, most cities have ordinances to prohibit property owners from having dangerous conditions on their property. Contact your municipality, and they will likely remove the tree or order your neighbor to do so.
What maintenance is necessary to ensure my trees are safe?
You are responsible for the trees in your yard, which means two things: making reasonable inspections and taking care to ensure that the tree is safe. If your tree or a neighbor’s causes damage to someone else’s property, the court will rule whether it was an Act of God, or a result of negligence. All of this will depend on how well the owner of the tree took care of it.
It’s important to check out your tree regularly for visual signs that something is wrong. For more advice, check out our 7 warning signs that your tree is about to fall. It’s also important to regulalrly have your tree pruned and deadwooded to keep it healthy and safe.
Deadwooding is Essential for Tree Safety
Deadwooding is the process of removing dead or loose branches, which are most likely to be knocked loose during hurricane or blizzard season. April and May are good times to prepare with this service. To get started, call Mr. Tree at (484) 999-0040 or fill out our form online for a free quote.
In many cases, trees are great to have on your property. They can help reduce your air conditioning and heating bill and prevent erosion, plus, they give off oxygen and add value to your property. Not to mention, trees add beauty to the landscape.
However, there are times when a tree does more harm than good and removal is necessary. Maybe your tree is in the way of a project. In some cases, homeowners find that a tree is overwhelming their space or getting in the way of a view. Trees can shed leaves, sticks, seeds, or sap, or they can just be an eyesore.
One case when a tree absolutely must come down is when it is a threat to the safety of your family, your property, or anyone who happens to be near the tree. After the nor’easter that recently swept through Delaware County, we know first-hand the type of damage a fallen tree can cause.
Fallen trees can’t always be avoided, but if you monitor the trees that are in your yard, you can significantly prevent them. Keep reading for our list of 7 ways to determine that your tree is about to fall.
7 Warning Signs That Your Tree May Fall
Losing Leaves from the Outside in: When your tree sheds its leaves from the outside, that isn’t good. View this as an alert that there is an issue with the root system, which is the foundation of a healthy tree. Without a solid root system, your tree is at much higher risk of falling.
Cracks or Missing Bark: If there is an area on the tree that is gashed, missing, or dented (called a canker) that tree is likely to break at that spot.
Falling or Dead Branches: If your tree is shedding anything from many small sticks to entire branches, this could be a bad thing. When a tree is having trouble keeping itself healthy, it may shed some branches so there’s less to manage.
A Leaning Trunk: If your tree starts to lean at an angle greater than 15 degrees, that isn’t a good sign. However, there is a difference between a tree that is naturally growing at an angle and a tree that shifted due to wind or root damage. A naturally-angled tree isn’t usually a problem.
Forked Branches: If your tree’s branches grow in a V formation, exercise caution. Strong branches should have a U shape. When the wind blows, V-shaped branches snap off easily.
Mushrooms Around the Base: This indicates that there is root rot on the tree.
We Offer Removal & Emergency Clean-Up
If you want to be proactive and remove a tree that seems to be a hazard, contact us. We will assess the situation and remove the tree if needed. We also offer 24/7 emergency services. After the recent nor’easter, we were out cleaning up fallen trees from dozens of properties in the area.
Mr. Tree provides tree removal, tree trimming, emergency tree services, and stump removal to Delaware, Chester, and New Castle Counties. We have been in business since 2011, providing fast, reliable, and safe services.
A Tree Removal Job in Media, PA
In the video and photos, you can watch us take care of a particular tricky job. This homeowner in Media wanted us to remove a red oak tree, because the tree’s roots were damaging the driveway. Since they didn’t have enough space for the tree to fall safely, we used a grapple truck to lift it and take it away.
Ready to Get Started With Our Services?
At Mr. Tree, we begin all services with a free quote. If you need a tree service, like removal, trimming, or stump removal, contact us! You can fill out our online form or call (484) 999-0040.
Trees offer a host of benefits. They add beauty to your yard, their shade can reduce the cost of your heating and cooling bill, and they are good for the earth.
However, there are times when trees do more harm than good. If a tree isn’t growing properly or if it’s dead, it can be hazardous to the safety of your family. The roots can grow up under driveways or other structures and If your tree falls, it could land on a valuable target.
Removing Three Oak Trees in Media, PA
This customer in Media, PA, had three red oaks that needed to be taken down. One of the trees was dead and about to fall down, and the other two were growing toward the house. One of the tree’s roots was disrupting the foundation.
The layout of this yard required serious skill. We ended up having to place our picker 95 feet away! Luckily, our team is always up for a challenge and we can safely execute even the trickiest jobs. Get an inside look at the job in the photo gallery and video below:
The emerald ash borer has a 99% kill rate. The bug is a native to Asia but arrived in the US in the late 1980’s, when it was first spotted in 2002 in Detroit. However, experts say that this beetle has been wreaking havoc on ash trees long before this insect made its first appearance.
The Beetles Have Made Their Way to the Area
The beetles have been spotted in 37 states, and that includes almost every county in Pennsylvania, a state that is home to an estimated 306 million ash trees. About 37 million ash trees in Pennsylvania’s state forests have already died.
The beetle works its evil by burrowing underneath the ash tree’s bark. When the larva hatch, they eat their way to the other side of the bark, leaving holes in the bark and cutting off nutrition and growth to the tree.
Protect Your Ash Trees
Once a tree has succumbed to the ash borer, there is little hope in saving it, but Eastern Pennsylvania still has a chance to save its magnificent ashes.
Make sure you’re aware of what type of trees are growing in your yard. If you have an ash tree, now is the time to contact a professional to treat it with a special pesticide that will protect it against the ash borer.
Mr. Tree is a reliable, experienced, and safe tree removal service. We also provide tree trimming and pruning, 24/7 emergency services, lot clearing, and more. Our services are available in Chester, Delaware, and New Castle Counties.
The View From High in the Trees
One of our favorite parts of our work here at Mr. Tree is when we’re able to climb high into the trees and see the view. We got the chance to do this during a recent project. Check out the gallery below for details:
Mr. Tree is a full service tree company serving Delaware, Chester, and New Castle Counties. We provide tree removal, tree trimming, lot clearing, and emergency services. Our fast, reliable, safe services begin with a free quote.
Taking Down a Tree at a Restaurant in Media
In addition to residential areas, we sometimes take jobs at commercial sites. Recently, we did a tree removal at the Riddle Ale House, a restaurant and bar in the Media area.
Check out the photos in the gallery below for a closer look at the job: