Reasons for Dead Tree Removal and Factors Affecting the Cost of these Services
Any property sporting one or more mature/established trees can enjoy many benefits all throughout the calendar year. From the beauty of new buds reappearing in the spring to the provision of cool shade in the summer to energy savings and windbreak effects during harsh winters, hale and hearty trees can be true assets to the homeowner-family.
Unfortunately, there will be times when trees of appreciable size and/or age will need to be removed. While this will undoubtedly be an unwanted action, and an unplanned cost, for the homeowner, there are several circumstances when a need may arise to cut down a tree on a property – and consequently the need for professional tree removal services.
One of the more common reasons for complete tree and stump removal would be that a tree is in some distress i.e.: it is dying, and it has been determined by a certified arborist that the situation is not salvageable; here’s how property owners would be able to tell if a tree is dying:
- Dead Wood – limbs are bare/dry/easily breakable; many dead twigs on ground
- Poor Architecture – trunk is leaning; limbs displaying an uneven growth pattern
- Decay – wood is soft or spongy; mushrooms or fungus around base of the trunk
- Crown Loss – leaves that are thinning, discoloured, or dried out, or fall too early
- Trunk Damage – deep cracks/splits; sections of bark are flaky, blighted, missing
In addition to the need to cut down a dead or dying tree, homeowners might require tree removal services to address one or more of the following situations:
What’s more, when homeowners need these services to deal with dead, dying, diseased, damaged, or disfigured trees, they must also concern themselves with all removal costs. To that end, there are several dynamics that need to be taken into consideration before a precise quote can be provided; the most fundamental of these factors would consist of:
With respect to the latter point, many municipalities within the Greater Toronto Area now require a property owner to obtain a permit before any tree removal efforts can begin; it should be noted that this applies whether an amateur or a professional does the work.
The by-law contains very specific conditions for which tree removal permits are required, and includes specifications about trees standing on private property as well as the type and number of replacement trees that the property owner must plant for every tree that is removed.
On the other side of the ledger so to speak, costs associated with any dead tree removal may be eligible for a tax deduction, depending on the type of property and the reason(s) why professional tree removal services were required.
For more information on the specifics pertaining to tree removal permits for properties in the GTA, please see
Additional Tree Services That May Be Needed in Conjunction with Tree Removal
When homeowners are unsure about what to do with dead or dying trees in their yard, a certified arborist from OnTree would be able to accurately assess the situation/diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action. In some instances, if a tree does exhibit some degree of distress but it is recognized early enough, cutting off one or more dead branches might eventually help it to survive; unfortunately in these cases, a tree is often too far advanced before the issue is determined, and the only recourse is a full tree removal.
Furthermore, the removal of one tree might lead to the need for additional tree services. This can be especially true when any adjacent trees have been damaged or their growth has been encumbered by the branches or roots of the actual tree that is being removed.
Under these circumstances, property owners can rely on the specialists from OnTree for a comprehensive range of professional tree care services, those that may benefit newly-planted and existing trees; these additional services can include but are not limited to:
- Tree planting and transplanting
- Pruning and/or reshaping of neighbouring trees
- Cabling and bracing (to remedy storm/impact damage)
- Stump removal
For expert tree removal services, and any additional needs related to cutting down dead or dying trees on your property, call the professionals from OnTree at 416-412-2100 today or contact us to request a no-obligation assessment at your convenience.