Why Do I Need to Remove a Dead Tree?

12/10/2018 - by: Heath Ellison
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If there is a tree in your yard that has seen better days, you may be wondering if you need to remove it. Start by looking for the signs of tree death. If you suspect your once lush oak or maple is nearing the end of its lifespan, there are several reasons you should have it removed sooner rather than later.

Dead Trees Are a Safety Concern

Your family and property’s well-being are the number one reason to have a dead tree removed as soon as possible. Dead and decomposed trees have weakened integrity making them susceptible to snapping or uprooting during a strong windstorm, which is a major safety hazard for your family, home and car.

Some of Georgia’s most common trees are sizable to say the least – sugar maples, for instance, can reach heights of 60 to 80 feet! But unfortunately, the larger the tree, the more damage it can cause.

Falling Trees Could Cost You

Not only could dead trees damage your property, but they could also make a dent in your wallet. If an overturned tree harms your property because of a storm, there is a good chance your homeowners insurance will cover repair and debris removal costs. However, if the tree falls due to negligence – for example, it was clearly in poor condition and bound to fall – you will likely be on the hook for the damage, including if the tree topples into your neighbor’s yard.

Pests Love Dead Trees

Deadwood is the preferred habitat for a variety of pests. Some use it as a living space while others graze off the fungi and bacteria growing inside the bored tunnels or even feed on the wood itself. Common deadwood dwellers include:

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

This is not a problem for homeowners in and of itself, but if a pest-infested tree is near your doors and windows, there is a higher chance these creepy crawlies will make their way inside.

Dead Trees Are Eye Sores

This does not fall under the “urgent” category, but for many people, their home is a source of pride. If you have a large decaying tree in the front yard with peeling bark, bare branches and a diseased trunk, it can be quite the eye sore.

If you are selling your home soon, you should absolutely have dead trees removed. Experts say that dead or dying trees hurt resale value and that the costs of removal provide a 100 percent ROI. Plus, the last thing you need when trying to sell your home is a tree toppling and causing property damage.

Dead Trees Spread Infectious Disease

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

Look for these common signs of tree disease:

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

Residential Tree Removal in Atlanta

If you have an ailing or dead tree in your yard, don’t hesitate to have it safely removed. Gunnison Tree Services has been providing the Atlanta area with residential tree and stump removal services since 1999. You can rest assured our team will get the job done correctly.

Call 404-386-3333 or visit us online for a quote today!

12/10/2018 - by: Heath Ellison