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Tree Removal in Denver: Why You Shouldn’t Leave a Dead Russian Olive Tree in Your Yard


May 15, 2018

Introduced into the United States in the early 1800s by Russian Mennonites, the Russian olive tree quickly became accepted as an ornamental in many northern states. Today, it is recommended as a good shrub to serve as windbreaks or as wildlife habitat in some locations. But even as hearty as this tree is, if you have a dead one in your yard, it’s time to call your tree removal service in Denver because as with most dead trees, it’s never a good idea to leave them where they are.

Why Russian Olive Trees Die

The most common reason for the demise of these trees is fungi. Verticillium wilt is a common disease that is caused by fungi that invade the tree through its root system, spreading through the sap of the tree. It causes the leaves to wilt before branches dry out.

The best way to avoid fungi is to plant your Russian olive tree in an area that has good soil and good drainage. Regular fertilizer treatments will help to keep it healthy, as will pruning as needed.

If you lose a Russian olive tree, it’s important to never plant a new Russian olive tree in the same spot. You’ll more than likely lose that tree to the same fungus you lost the original one. (For more detailed information on this species of tree, read this article by the folks at Northern State University.)

Why You Must Remove Dead Trees

Many of us become emotionally attached to a beautiful tree in our yard, and it’s sad when a tree doesn’t make it. But the fact is, a dying or dead tree can be a real danger—to the other foliage in your yard as well as nearby structures. There is also a risk of a large branch snapping off and falling on top of a person, so your family’s safety is also at stake.

Dead trees also attract pests—both insects as well as rodents. Depending on the tree’s location, these pests might make the move into your house at some point so it’s best not to invite them in the first place.

Although some people will attempt to remove a dead or dying tree themselves, it’s best to call in a professional tree service to remove the tree. Most people don’t have the tools or the skills necessary to safely remove a large tree.

If you have a dead or dying tree in your yard, whether it is a Russian olive or any type of tree, don’t try to deal with it yourself. Let the certified professionals at Splintered Forest help. They can assist with any and all of your Denver tree removal needs, including items other than foliage if the situation warrants. Hauling and removal of both limbs and appliances, in addition to skid steer services are all offered by the trained professionals willing and ready to assist you. The experts at Splintered Forest will be happy to provide you a free estimate for their services and can aid in a variety of ways. With offices in Denver and Evergreen, we can serve most areas in and outside of the metro area.