Decaying tree falls, traps suburban Chicago woman

Decaying tree falls, traps suburban Chicago woman

A suburban Chicago woman is lucky to be alive after being hit by a massive tree Monday morning.

According to reports, the woman was walking her dog along a leafy Wilmette street when the massive diseased tree toppled over, pinning her and dog underneath it. 

Police were able to rescue the woman, who suffered only minor injuries. 

A Wilmette fire department spokesman said the tree was rotting, and that’s what caused it to finally fall over onto the sidewalk.

Preventing such an accident at your home could be as easy as checking the leaves, branches and bark of  your yard’s trees and deciding whether you’ll need the help of a local tree service.

Your tree could be diseased if the leaves are discolored or lack veins, the tree is growing odd nodules, the presence of fungus and dead branches. Although your tree may be diseased, that doesn’t mean it has to be cut down. A certified arborist can help you make that call. 

For a diseased tree that can’t be saved, here are a few reasons, besides it eventually hurting a neighbor or damaging your home, for removing it.

  • Dead trees attract pests. Your tree may be dead or is in the process of dying, but that doesn't mean wildlife won't build a nest there. In fact, while a nice family of bluebirds may move in, your tree might also attract rats and termites. Both pests can migrate the short distance to your home.
  • They're unattractive. Dead trees aren't aesthetically pleasing. If you spend money on other aspects of landscaping, you're counteracting those upgrades with the unappealing look of a dead tree.
  • Tree diseases are contagious. If your tree died from—or is currently dying from—a disease, other plants can contract that disease. So if you planted flowers underneath your tree, or you planted other trees in the general vicinity, the same disease may infect these live and healthy plants.

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