Big old Pine tree-is it safe? Who do you recommend to give an opinion on whether or not it is safe?

Asked June 27, 2017, 6:49 PM EDT

We are going to have some landscaping work done on the front of our house. The mason putting in our walkway recommended we take down the old pine tree because he is going to do some digging and his experience is these trees have shallow roots and he is likely to damage the roots and cause instability.

We live in West Wash park in an 1890's house. The tree is about 50 feet tall. There are several trees of this type and vintage in our neighborhood. One of them, across the street from us, went down in a wind storm a couple years ago.

Our dilemma is that in getting an opinion from a tree trimming company, they have a vested interest in recommending that it be taken down. Is there someone who can give an independent assessment?

Denver County Colorado

1 Response

Don't hesitate to talk to a certified arborist about whether the construction will result in a hazardous tree situation. I think you will be pleasantly surprised about their lack of bias - all the ones I've worked with are inspiringly committed to preserving trees and keeping them healthy.

Denver Forestry has a list of tree companies on their website as a starting point. When you schedule an appointment, verify with the scheduler that the person actually coming out is a certified arborist. You also can find an arborist by going to the website of the International Society of Arboriculture (