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:
- Fly larva
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
- Trunk and root rot
- Sunken or swollen areas