September 28th, 2018

Home Improvement

Sometimes a tree simply can't survive any longer. Whether it's a huge pine tree, a smaller maple, or something else entirely, the fact is that dead trees are a problem that plenty of property owners around the world will have to deal with at some point. But often, property owners assume that removing a dead tree is an expense they can ignore for years. After all, that dead tree is just standing there, doing little harm, right?

But the reality is that there are numerous reasons you need to consider removing a dead tree as soon as possible. As the tree decays, it can quickly lose strength and become more likely to fall, break, or become uprooted. Here are five big reasons that removing that dead tree should be higher on our priority list than you realize.

They're Dangerous

The simple fact is that a dead tree is a major health and safety risk. Consider the following:

Tree branches can fall onto a person or pet when they are underneath the tree

The tree could break and fall onto your home

The tree could fall onto a neighbor's property, or a branch could fall

Simply put, your personal safety could end up being at risk due to dead branches that are weakened due to the death of the tree. They don't even need a breeze to fall, either - their own weight could be enough to cause the branch to snap and fall.

They Attract Pests

Dead trees can quickly attract a wide range of pests. Depending on the type of tree, it could attract rats, termites, snakes, ant colonies, and more. Eliminating the tree and removing the stump is a must for preventing invasive pests from setting up a home on your property and becoming a major problem.

They Can Fall

Trees that are dead have lessened integrity. Decay and decomposition can lead to trees snapping near the trunk, becoming uprooted, and more. And an entire tree falling can be far more dangerous than a branch snapping off, doing far more damage to your home, vehicle, or your family.

They're Contagious

Believe it or not, a tree that dies from various tree diseases could actually be contagious. Mildew or mold growth can also become a problem on the tree and then spread to neighboring trees as well, leading to even more difficulty with the rest of the trees on your property. Even trees that died of other problems could develop diseases as they decay.

They're Ugly

Trees that are dying are, to put it plainly, ugly and unattractive. They can reduce your ability to enjoy your property to its fullest and can also reduce property values and the ability to potentially sell your home or business - an ugly, unattractive tree could make it harder to sell a home. As such, taking care of dead trees is a must for ensuring that your property is protected and valued.