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Why Should I Remove The Dead Tree in My Yard?

If there’s a tree in your yard that is super old and has seen better days, you might be wondering if and when you need to get rid of it. Start off by looking for signs of tree death. If you think your once lush tree is nearing the end of its lifespan, there are a few reasons you should get it removed from your yard now rather than later.

Dead Trees Are a Safety Hazard

The well-being of your family and property is the number one reason to get a dead tree removed as soon as you possibly can. Dead and decomposed trees have a weakened core and branches, making them susceptible to breaking or uprooting during harsh winds, therefore potentially ruining your home and car.

Falling Trees Could Cost You

Dead trees can do damage your yard and property, but they could also do some damage to your wallet. If an overturned tree ruins your property because of a storm, there is a good chance your homeowner’s insurance will cover repair and removal costs. However, if the tree falls because of negligence, you will likely be held accountable for the damage, including if the tree falls into your neighbor’s yard.

Pests and Insects Love Dead Trees

Deadwood is a preferred habitat for many pests and insects. Some of them use it as a living space, and others get nutrients from the fungi and bacteria growing inside the tunnels or even eat the wood itself. Common deadwood dwellers include:

  • Beetles
  • Hymenoptera
  • Fly larva
  • Mosquitos
  • Bees
  • Wasps

This isn’t a problem for homeowners in and of itself, but if a pest-infested tree is near the openings of your home, there is a bigger chance these bugs could make their way inside.

Dead Trees Are Eye Sores

If you have a large dying tree in your front yard with dry, peeling bark, naked branches, and a diseased tree trunk, it can be quite ugly to have to look at. Although it isn’t an urgent reason to remove the tree, removing it because of the aesthetics can help out your yard anyways. If you are in the market for selling your home anytime soon, you should have dead trees removed. Dead or dying trees hurt the resale value of a home or property, and the costs of tree removal provide a 100 percent ROI. Plus, the very last thing you’d need when trying to sell your home is a tree falling on the roof and causing damage.

Dead Trees Spread Infectious Disease

If your tree has died because of a disease like chlorosis, powdery mildew, or white pine blister rust, you might want to have it removed before it can affect greenery around it. Just like humans, many tree diseases are contagious and can quickly spread to nearby trees and plants.

Look out for these common signs of tree disease:

  • Blotchy, spotted leaves
  • Yellowish wood
  • Cankers
  • Trunk and root rot
  • Sunken or swollen areas
  • Wilting

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The Benefits of Pruning Your Trees

Trees are an important part of nature. They provide oxygen to the surrounding environment and add value in many other ways. For animals that need them as shelter, to property owners that enjoy their aesthetics, the value of a tree can be measured in many different ways. Like any other asset, the value of trees will not increase without a proper car caring for trees involves properly pruning them.

Pruning for Tree Health

Pruning a tree is usually done for aesthetic purposes, but it is also done for the benefit of the tree itself. Damaged, diseased, or broken tree limbs can be safety risks and affect the health of the tree. Getting rid of these branches also prevents further decay from happening. Pruning can reduce the amount of leaf disease on a tree by increasing the flow of air. This also benefits lower branches and for plants underneath the tree canopy. Fruit trees benefit from pruning as it improves the size and quantity of the crop when it is properly pruned.

Pruning for Human Benefit

Since trees are everywhere in our lives, humans and trees must coexist in this world. Dead and diseased branches can be a major hazard to your house. The siding of your home can become damaged from branches rubbing against it due to harsh winds, and dead branches can fall on the roof. Proper pruning is a small investment for your property that can help avoid more costly damages.

Pruning for Environmental Health

A tree with a large canopy can get in the way of the growth of grass or shrubs at the bottom of a tree. Pruning can give other plants, and lower tree branches access to the rain and sunlight they need to grow and be healthy. Pruning away dead and diseased branches will also impact pests and bugs. Some insects colonize in dead and decaying branches and eat the nearby leaves. If they aren’t an issue, they may be spreading diseases affecting plant and tree growth and can become an annoyance in the future. And if trees overhang or brush up against the side of your house, these bugs may have an easy way of getting into your home.

When it’s time to prune a tree, remember that not all trees are created equally, and not all pruning methods are fit for every tree. Newly planted trees might need to be pruned every year to gain strength and grow properly. Older and more mature trees might only need to be pruned every five or so years. There are right and wrong techniques for pruning, and using the wrong technique can damage a tree rather than help it. If you have never pruned a tree before, consider talking to an arborist who can provide professional insight and proper techniques for your trees. Contact Dudley’s Tree & Landscape for your pruning needs!


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