Dead trees can still support life

Ask the Arborist

 
When is a tree no longer a tree?
For instance, does a tree cease being a tree if it’s toppled over and lying on the ground as opposed to towering over us?
I’d argue that dead trees, depending on their location, species and size, can still serve a purpose long after they’ve “died.”
Let’s use my own backyard as an example.
I have well over 40 trees at my house. Many are doing quite well despite a lack of irrigation; others, not so much.
Having heeded the call to conserve, I’m watering my tr...

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