I have a row of 4 poplar ... #208256
Asked August 22, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT
I have a row of 4 poplar trees in my front yard, and the 2 closest to the street are dead or dying. One is all the way gone, the other has just a couple of branches with leaves left. I'm wondering how important it is to remove the dead trees - is there a significant threat of them falling and should this be done right away? Is there a disease common to poplars that I should be worried about the other 2 trees? Let me know if there's any other information I can provide that would be helpful. Thank you!
Hennepin County Minnesota
Thank you for the question. Any time a tree is dead or close to it, you should remove it as soon as you can to prevent possibile injury to people or property. You don't mention the size of the trees or what is near them but hiring a certified arborist is a good idea. Here is a link to a University of Minnesota publication on how to hire a licensed arborist: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/how-to-hire-a-professional-arborist/
Poplars are fast growing trees that can be infected with disease or insect pests. Click on this link to "What's Wrong with my Plant" and see if you can figure out if your remaining trees are suffering as well. An arborist can help by inspecting these trees for disease or insect damage. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/