Does this dead tree need to be removed?

Old 09-30-13, 09:27 AM
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Does this dead tree need to be removed?

Hi. I would like to get your advice. I live in New Jersey. The trees in the photos are in my backyard and they made it through Hurricane Sandy.

As you may be able to see, the trees grew in at an angle. They angle toward the roof of my house. There are two trees here, and one of them has died. There are no leaves on the tree. I think the other tree blocked out the light that the dead tree needed. I am not sure if the tree was dead last year during Hurricane Sandy.

My question is- is this dead tree more at risk for falling because it is now dead? I neighbor said to me that if the tree made it through Hurricane Sandy, it is not going anywhere. But I am not sure, especially since I do not know if the tree was already dead during the hurricane.

If you think the tree needs to be removed, about how much (just a guesstimate is fine) do you think it would cost to have the dead tree and the living tree that is next to it, removed?

Thank you for your advice.
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Old 09-30-13, 09:39 AM
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When you get estimites from insured tree experts in your area, most will tell you the condition of the tree.

Additionally when I had trees removed on my property, all white oaks, they looked very healty. But upon cutting a few they were hollow inside. That somewhat baffled the tree experts...

I am fearful of leaners.

Cant tell you prices because all companies are different. Had a guy with no insurance quote me a real cheap price. When I found out he had no insurance I kindly escorted him off my property...

Its cheaper when you do more trees while they are there. Some of the giants I had in my yard cost upwards of $1k just to remove. Adding on a few others I was in the $2-2.5K range.

I did that 4 times and am now tree free....

White oaks are dangerous IMO. Anyone with these type trees should have them trimmed every year...

Had large limbs fall for no reason close to the kids playing in the yard was the reasoning.. The admiral said enough is enough... She forced my hand and the wallet...
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Tree Removal

Cost will be somewhat determined by accessibility. If the tree guys can get a bucket truck into the area, the work will go faster and should be cheaper. If all the work involves climbing and manual removal to the curb, that means more time and time is money.
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I think the dead tree needs to be removed. Once dead the tree will begin to decay so it's not a question of if it will fall but when will it fall. It's better to do it now. If the tree is still sound and must be climbed it can be done but if you wait and it's not safe to climb it could require more expensive methods.

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