How to Properly Dispose of a Fallen Tree

January 8, 2019

Whether you’ve lived in Chicago for a year or a decade, you know we get our fair share of storms. With the occasional thunderstorm or snowstorm comes toppling trees. Keep reading for tips on how to properly dispose of a fallen tree.

Figure out who’s responsible

You can’t really do anything else until you determine responsibility. Let’s say, for example, that you live near a park or public area. If a tree from one of those locations falls on your property, the county or state agency must remedy the situation. Simply contact your local officials to arrange a tree removal.

Not sure if the tree is on your property, public property, or your neighbor’s property? Then you may want to double-check your title survey or plat map before assuming someone else will remove the fallen tree. Obviously, if the tree is clearly yours, you must either remove it yourself or hire a professional tree removal company.

Use it for firewood

Removing a fallen tree from your yard can be a major inconvenience. But there is one positive — plenty of firewood for the upcoming winter. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can still save some of the wood for a firepit and then either sell or donate the rest of your supply.

There is a caveat here. While it might be tempting to save a few bucks and cut up the tree yourself, you run the risk of suffering serious injuries. Our advice is to always contact a licensed, bonded, and insured professional when you need a tree removed from your property.

Consider it for landscape design

As aforementioned, you can definitely use a fallen tree for firewood. But that’s not its only potential use. Believe it or not, a fallen tree can enhance the entire landscape design.

Think about it — a section of the trunk makes a beautiful bench, short logs serve as rustic stools, and a slightly taller section transforms into a sturdy base for a garden table. The landscaping possibilities really are endless when you have a significant amount of tree limbs. A little patience and creativity go a long way!

See if it can be cut into lumber

No two trees have the same value. So if a tree is old, diseased, and/or damaged, you can really only use it for firewood should it ever fall. However, if your tree is relatively young and completely healthy, you want to think about hauling sections to a mill for cutting it into lumber.

Reach out to your state forestry or conservation department and ask them to direct you to local information sources. Another idea is setting the wood aside for future woodworking projects. Whatever you choose to do, avoid wasting a high-quality tree.


Here at Pro Tree Service, we understand the challenges that come with removing a fallen tree. That’s why our team uses only the safest, most effective equipment. Never will we put the safety of you, your family, or your neighbors in jeopardy.

Pro Tree is not your average tree removal company. For one thing, Chicago residents have relied on us for nearly three decades. All it takes is one conversation with us to realize we’re passionate about trees and our community as a whole.

The sad truth is that financial concerns often get in the way of tree removal. At Pro Tree, we go above and beyond to help you afford our services. Just come to us with any reasonable, written estimate and we will match or beat it by 10 percent. Plus, you never have to worry about hidden fees or gimmicks. It’s what we call our Best Price Guarantee.

In addition to experience and affordability, Pro Tree also emphasizes reliability. Unlike the other guys, our operations are open year-round and we offer 24-hour emergency response service. At Pro Tree, we believe that every customer should receive quality service in a timely fashion.

Whether you’re looking to remove a fallen tree from your property or you need to hire someone for tree trimming, Pro Tree has you covered. In addition to carrying commercial general liability and workers’ compensation, we are fully licensed, insured, and bonded.

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