Bill Craig lives in Gresham. He's got a tree in his front yard that's not doing so well.
"It started dying when the rain quit falling and I thought several times about cutting it down but they tell me I should at least give it a chance to try to grow again so I'm gonna try to wait till next year before I cut it down," Craig said.
His neighbor had the same problem.
So Bryan Whittmore with Tarzan Tree Service in Gresham assesed it to be dead and cut it down Tuesday morning.
"If it's a dead tree, some insurance companies are not gonna pay...simply for the fact that it's cheaper for you to cut that dead tree instead of them having to repair your $200,000 house," Whittmore.
Whittmore says their cutting down 10-15 dead trees a week.
Native East Texan Mart Tietz is an ISA certified arborist.
He used to be arborist for the City of Tyler. Now he owns Arboreal Specialists.
He says 90% of trees they inspect that look dead -- really are dead.
"Yeah if it's a tree that's important to you, for sure get some water to it, and at the same time have someone inspect it and make sure, is it alive or dead...if it's dead...get that thing down as soon as possible because it'll start becoming a hazard and after a while you can't send a climber up it to work the tree. And then it becomes really expensive to take it down," Tietz said.
In the meantime, Bill Craig is still holding out hope for his tree.
"It's an eyesore, but it's an old tree and I hate to get rid of it," Craig said.
Tietz also told KETK, certain trees are playing tricks on the eyes.
Cottonwoods, Black Walnuts, Maples, even Dogwoods - while some of them may look sickly, they may still have life in them.