If you have a diseased tree on your property and measures like spraying it with fungicides have not taken care of the issue, then in most cases, your best bet is to remove the tree. The following are a few tips to help you do so successfully.
1. Remove the tree sooner rather than later.
You might be tempted to wait until the tree is completely dead, perhaps in hopes that it will miraculously get better on its own. However, this approach is not very good for other trees in the area. For as long as you leave that diseased tree standing, the fungi that are causing the disease will be able to spread to other nearby trees. Remove the diseased tree sooner rather than later, or else you may be left dealing with multiple diseased trees on your land.
2. Burn the wood.
The best way to dispose of the wood from a diseased tree is by burning it. This way, any fungal spores will be destroyed and unable to be spread to other nearby trees. Do not remove the wood from your land before burning it, as doing so risks the spread of disease. If you do not live in an area where you are allowed to have fires in your yard, you can instead hire a service to come pick up the wood. Just make sure they know it is from a diseased tree so they can handle and dispose of it safely.
3. Remove any badly damaged limbs first.
When you start to remove the tree, start by chopping off any limbs that are obviously dead, deteriorated, damaged, or frail. This way, the limbs will not be at risk of falling on you as you remove the rest of the tree. Start your way at the bottom, and work your way to the top.
4. Hire professionals for more intricate jobs.
While you may be able to remove small trees on your own, you are better off relying on the professionals for any larger trees, and also for any trees that are near houses or other structures. This reduces the risk of having a limb fall on your home, or worse yet, on you or someone who is helping you.
Diseased trees often need to be removed. Whether you choose to do this yourself or hire the pros, remember to act quickly and in the best interest of other trees.
Contact a service like Sandford's Tree Service for more information.