5 reasons why you should remove that dead tree

These tree service professionals from DC Culley INC in Pittsburgh, cleared five sumac trees and some various stumps from a homeowner’s yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa V.)

These tree service professionals from DC Culley INC in Pittsburgh, cleared five sumac trees and some various stumps from a homeowner’s yard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Lisa V.)

Do you need a tree expert?

Part of your yard-work chores most likely include basic maintenance of your trees. Here's when you should talk to an arborist.

Severe winds and harsh storms can brutally assault your trees. So, too, can insects like wood-boring bugs severely affect a tree's health. Ultimately, certain problems like these can kill a tree. Even if your tree has died from an inadequate water or nutrient supply, you should still consider having it removed. Here's why you should:

  • Dead trees attract pests. Your tree may be dead or is in the process of dying, but that doesn't mean wildlife won't build a nest there. In fact, while a nice family of bluebirds may move in, your tree might also attract rats and termites. Both pests can migrate the short distance to your home.
  • They're unattractive. Dead trees aren't aesthetically pleasing. If you spend money on other aspects of landscaping, you're counteracting those upgrades with the unappealing look of a dead tree.
  • Tree diseases are contagious. If your tree died from—or is currently dying from—a disease, other plants can contract that disease. So if you planted flowers underneath your tree, or you planted other trees in the general vicinity, the same disease may infect these live and healthy plants.
  • Tree branches may fall. Dead trees begin to decompose. If you don't hire someone to remove it, these weakened branches may fall on a windy day or during a storm. In actuality, these branches may fall at any given time, destroying your home or your property. They're also a liability if they fall on your neighbor's property. Don't forget, animals and people may walk underneath the tree and suffer a serious injury, if not death, from being hit by a branch.
  • The tree is more likely to fall. Decay and decomposition compromise the integrity of the tree. Whichever way the tree falls, it may damage your home or your neighbor's property of injure your family or passerby.

If you notice a tree might be dying, you should call an arborist to assess it. The sooner you catch the problem, the less costly tree removal is—and you may actually save it. 

If the tree has dies, consider hiring a professional tree service to remove it. In some cases, they may need a crane to remove the dead tree. This costs more money to rent the equipment, and in addition, it's more difficult to access the tree with a crane, depending on its location.


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