Do you have a tree on your property that seems to be more dead than alive? Maybe many of its branches have lost leaves, or perhaps it is covered in fungal brackets and fuzzy patches. In either case, the tree will probably die soon. You may be tempted to leave it in place until it does, but in fact, your best move is to have the dying tree removed from your property sooner rather than later. Here's why:
You'll prevent damage to your home.
When tree branches die, they become much weaker. If a high wind blows in, there's a good change a branch will crack off. The branch could blow into your home, break a window, or even land on a fence, causing thousands of dollars in damage. You may figure that homeowner's insurance will cover this damage, but while you may be right in some cases, filing a claim can be a struggle in this case. Your homeowner's insurance company may rule that the damage is your fault since you failed to care for the tree or have it removed.
You'll protect other trees.
Trees almost always die because they've become infected with pathogenic fungi or bacteria. Some of these pathogens are quite easily spread from tree to tree. As long as you leave your dying tree in place, it's like the Typhoid Mary of your backyard. You will probably see other trees begin to show signs of fungal illness, such as spotty leaves and cankers on the trunk.
Removing your dying tree right now is the best way to protect your remaining tree, and also the other trees in your neighborhood. Your neighbors will thank you when they do not also have to have dead trees removed in a few years.
It's safer to remove a tree that's still somewhat intact.
When a tree dies and has been in place for a while, the dead wood becomes a bit brittle. Removing such a tree is a bit more dangerous for the tree service company since they need to worry about it cracking unexpectedly. It's safer to have them removed the tree when it is still somewhat alive or when the branches have just recently died. The tree service company may thus charge you a lower rate.
If you have a dying tree on your property, don't delay having it removed. Get in touch with a tree care company today to help you with hazardous tree removal.