Hello, I have a tree in my front yard that seems to be growing just
fine except on the very top. It looks like it's completely dead while
the rest of the tree is green. If I was to saw the top of the tree
down would that cause problems/damage the tree? Is there a special way
to saw the dead part without causing damage? Any information would be
greatly appreciated, Thanks.
Sounds like my white birch that gets a bit too much water... I just
leave the few dead portions to fall of their own volition, kind of a
steady storm of twigs. I see no reason you couldn't lop off the dead
top portion, if you can reach up there, maybe a pole pruner, I can't
reach mine, it's like 30 feet up... you have nothing to lose, just
don't get hurt, wear a hard hat.
Yes, hire a pro who is insured and bonded unless you can take the dead wood
out of the tree with a lopper while standing flat footed on the ground.
Wood is heavy, and if you don't know how to control the fall, you can wind up
really badly hurt.
Even if you know what you're doing and have the proper safety equipment, you
can be badly hurt:
Hiring it done is much cheaper than a trip to the ER or a few sessions of
Sounds like woody root problems causing the dieback..
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
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