Trees are an important part of a property. They contribute beauty, they add seclusion, and they create shade. However, while flourishing trees present plenty of benefits, when they die, they can present complications.

Having a dead tree removed by a professional is very important for the following reasons.

Reasons to Remove Rather Than Save a Dead Tree

Unfortunately, the preservation of privacy or shade in your yard is not worth the risk and costs of keeping a dead tree. 

Tree Rot & Structural Integrity

A dead tree is altogether structurally weak. This means that the root system is decaying and eventually it will fall over if left to rot too long. It is impossible to determine exactly when a dead tree will fall over, but it eventually will fall. At that point, you leave a series of risks up to chance: 

  • When it does fall, there is a good chance that it will fall on property causing damage. 
  • When you call a tree service to remove a fallen tree, it will be more expensive because it will be an emergency service. 
  • There’s a chance that it could fall on a person, causing serious injury or death. 
  • If your dead tree does fall and do damage, you could be held liable for the repairs or the medical care that may be needed as a result.

Pest Infestations

A dead tree is attractive to pests. Termites, carpenter ants and other wood boring insects will seek out the tree. These bugs will quickly increase in number, which means that other trees or even your house could be in danger of becoming infested. Animals may seek out the tree and nest in it. In particular, rats are known to create nests in dead trees, and they will eventually move to your home to find food and shelter. Save yourself from having to call pest control down the line and opt to have your dead tree removed instead!

Branch Weakness

When a tree is dead, its structural strength is weakened especially in the extremities. A gust of wind could blow and as a result, those dead branches could fall off. When a branch does fall, it could land on top of a car, a fence, a roof or even a person or an animal. The damage or injury that may result could be disastrous. Having a tree removed before it falls could save you money.

Disease Spread

If a disease killed the tree, the rest of the trees in your yard could be impacted. Tree disease is contagious. For instance, if mildew or mold develops on the tree, it could spread to the other trees and plants in your yard. As a result, your entire landscape could be destroyed by that one single dead tree in your yard.

Unappealing Landscape

Dead trees are ugly. You want your yard to look as visually appealing as possible. When you have a tree missing leaves, has broken branches, and bark that is peeling off, the visual charm of your yard is automatically affected. When the visual appeal of your home is changed, your property could lose value, which could cost you home equity if you’re thinking about selling. Additionally, your neighbors are sure to appreciate having an eyesore removed from view!

Des Moines Area Tree Removal Service

Whether you’re sure your tree has been dead for a while now, or you suspect a tree may have an issue, call The Tree Doctor! Our ISA certified arborists and tree care professionals will inspect the health of your tree and/or remove it, leaving you peace of mind and safeguarded against further damage or liabilities. Call our team today at 515.333.TREE to schedule service.