You may have heard that a saguaro is illegal to remove. This is partly true. You cannot intentionally remove a saguaro without a permit; you need permission to do so. But that’s only if the saguaro is still standing. You can remove a fallen saguaro on your property at any time.
How Common Is It for Saguaro Cacti to Fall?
Actually, fairly common. Though a Saguaro can live for centuries, their root systems are actually very shallow. A large saguaro cactus may have roots that only go about six inches deep. If anything happens, such as high winds, the saguaro actually is quite likely to topple over. And that can be dangerous when it’s a large cactus the size of a person.
But what do you do with a fallen cactus?
You’re Allowed to Remove It — But You Might Not Want to Do It Yourself
You’re entirely allowed to remove a saguaro cactus from your yard once it has fallen over. But there’s a caveat; it’s actually pretty hard to do. You might want to hire a professional. Not only is it heavy and bulky, but it’s covered with protective spines. With a saguaro, nearly 70 percent of its weight is pure water. That makes them very hard to move, especially if they have just fallen.
What If Your Saguaro Is About to Fall?
Because saguaro cacti have such shallow roots, you can find yourself in a situation in which you can tell it’s about to fall, but it hasn’t fallen yet. That’s a very dangerous situation, especially with the taller cacti. If you contact a professional tree removal service, they’ll be able to advise you on what to do. They can get a permit for the removal of the saguaro with you and help you guide the saguaro so it doesn’t fall in a dangerous way.
Saguaro are exceptionally beautiful cacti. As they grow, they can become quite majestic. But you do need to keep in mind the requirements of having a saguaro, especially because they are a protected plant.
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