It may surprise you to learn that, amongst American occupations, the tree care industry ranks as the fourth deadliest. Due to the dangerous nature of their work, a tree care worker reportedly dies every three days, and the most common reason is a fatal fall from a tree.
If you have dead trees on your property, you’re probably wondering if you can remove them. You should always remove dead trees, for the reasons discussed below. But you should always defer to a professional when you need trees in the yard cut down.
Keep reading this helpful guide to learn more about the signs of a dead tree and why you should remove dead property trees promptly.
Consideration for Dead Tree Removal
When you contact a professional tree removal company, they’ll first assess the scope of work needed to remove a dead tree. For starters, they’ll consider the location of the tree, the equipment needed to remove the tree, and the crew size needed.
Since tree removal is extremely dangerous, they’ll also consider the following:
- Tree size, including the height, crown spread, and trunk diameter
- Branch patterns that affect rigging and climbing
- Tree stability, including whether it’s leaning, and if it can accommodate the additional weight
- Length of time the tree had been dead since it’s more dangerous to remove dead trees than living trees
Once a professional tree removal company creates a plan to remove the dead tree from your yard
Why You Should Remove Dead Trees
You might be wondering why you should remove a dying tree from your yard. Here are some reasons to remove dead tree limbs and dead trees in the yard.
They Attract Pests
Dead trees are common breeding grounds for invasive pests. This can quickly lead to a large-scale infestation, spreading from tree to tree.
Bugs and small animals are attracted to decomposing trees, temporarily moving into limbs and hollowed-out trunks. From there, they may move to other healthy trees or worse, your home.
You need to protect your property from invasive species, and dead trees might attract termites to your home’s foundation. Remove dead trees to prevent critters from infiltrating your home.
They Spread Disease
Dead trees also spread disease around your property if they died from a sickness transmittable to nearby vegetation. Dead trees are also a breeding ground for mildew and fungus, both of which are airborne and very infectious. When removing dead trees from your yard, you’re protecting your landscape from disease.
They Detract From Curb Appeal
Are you looking to sell your home? Dead trees draw attention away from your home and landscaping, detracting from overall curb appeal.
Curb appeal tells potential buyers that you care for your home, and a dead, diseased tree might turn off prospective buyers. It’s best to hire a professional tree removal company to help your yard look its best.
They Damage Power Lines
Dead trees are known to damage power lines, causing dangerous power outages in the surrounding areas. If you have a neighbor dependent on electrically powered medical equipment, a power outage can be life-threatening. This is why you need to remove dead trees or any trees that compromise the integrity of power lines.
You should never attempt to remove or prune trees near power lines, as you may seriously injure yourself or damage the power lines. Professional tree removal services understand the best way to remove trees from complex, hard-to-reach areas.
They Lead to Costly Property Damage
The average cost for a new roof is $8,600. When dead trees fall, you run the risk of significant property damage, including roof damage.
However, a dead tree isn’t guaranteed to land in your yard. It might fall on a neighbor’s property, which leaves you open to costly repairs and potential lawsuits.
Instead, have dead trees removed before they turn into larger issues down the road. If you’re unsure if a tree is dead or dying, contact the pros for an evaluation of your tree’s health. If they suspect the tree is in need of removal, they’ll schedule a time to remove it so you’re no longer saddled with a dangerous dead tree.
Signs of a Dead Tree
Now that you know why you should remove a dead tree from your property, you might be wondering how to identify a dead tree.
For starters, you’ll notice broken sticks covering your yard, close to the dead tree. You’ll also notice the bark on the tree is shedding, and there may be fungus or other visible rot.
If the tree isn’t standing straight up anymore, you need to get it removed immediately for safety reasons. You run the risk of it falling, a chance you simply cannot take.
If the tree has open wounds, this is another sign it’s dying. Additionally, dead trees have no leaves, or the leaves they have are dead leaves. You may also notice pests and termites crawling about, and root damage.
If you notice any of these issues, call in a professional tree removal service at one.
Professional Tree Removal
Dead trees should be promptly removed to avoid pest infestation and the spread of disease across your yard. You should also remove them to avoid potential safety hazards.
However, you should never attempt to remove a tree yourself. Instead, call in the pros.
P’n’D Logging and Tree Service is your one-stop shop for tree removal. We offer everything from crane tree removal to stump grinding, logging and land clearing, and more. Contact us today for help with your next tree removal project.