When a tree is dead, it should be cut down. If you have a dead tree on your property, here are seven reasons you shouldn't leave it up.
Dead Trees Are a Liability
First and most importantly, dead trees are potential sources of danger. When a tree is dead, it's no longer as strong as it once was. Moreover, the tree becomes weaker as it decays. When the tree becomes too weak, it'll fall - and it could damage property or injure someone when it does.
If anything is damaged or anyone is hurt by a dead tree on your property that falls, you may be held responsible. In addition to feeling guilty, you may be personally named in a liability suit.
Such a risk may seem small, but there are more than 100 people killed each year by trees - and that doesn't include people who are hurt or property that is damaged.
Pests Thrive in Dead Trees
Second, dead trees are can attract pests. Insects and rodents may move into a dead tree, and you likely don't want either in a tree that's on your property. At best, pests are benign and more of an annoyance than anything else. More often, though, the pests are carpenter ants, roaches, rats, skunks, or other creatures that cause real damage.
Dead Trees Host Diseases
Third, dead trees are common hosts of tree-related diseases. The trees have lots of wood left once they're dead, but they can't fight off fungi or molds. With no defense mechanism and a plentiful source of wood, it's easy for diseases to grow.
Whether a dead tree itself becomes infected with a disease might not matter to you since the tree is already dead. Once a fungus or mold gets a foothold in a tree's wood, however, the diseases could spread to other tees in the area. Thus, not cutting down a dead tree can leave your other, healthy trees at greater risk of contracting diseases.
Dead Trees Are Unsightly
Fourth, dead trees are often eyesores. While a picture of a leafless tree against a vast landscape may be thought-provoking, few people want to see a dead tree every time they look outside. Even if this were the only benefit, not having to look at an unsightly tree would be reason enough to remove the tree.
Dead Trees Lower Property Value
Fifth, dead trees lower property value. Potential buyers won't want to pay as much for property that has a dead tree on it because:
- Potential buyers don't want to look at the tree
- The tree suggests that other parts of the property might be neglected
- The tree is a liability risk for buyers
Often, the decrease in value will be equal to or greater than the cost of cutting down a tree.
Dead Trees Make Good Firewood
If you have a wood-burning stove, a dead tree can be a great source of firewood. As long as it's free of pests, you can cut the wood up to be used in fires. Depending on how long the tree has been dead, its wood may already be seasoned.
Slightly more ambitious, you could also use a dead tree's wood as the raw materials for a piece of furniture. If the tree had sentimental value, you may want to create a lasting table or chair from the tree's wood.
You Can Use the Space for a New Tree
Finally, cutting down an old and dead tree creates a space where a new tree can grow. Until a dead tree is removed, a new tree will struggle to grow around the dead tree's trunk and roots. If the dead tree is removed, however, a new tree will likely flourish. After all, one tree already has grown in the spot.
To have a tree cut down, contact us at Simply Trees.