Trees can often give homeowners a bit of a nostalgic feeling. Whether it’s from pure sentiment or simply the change it will cause in your landscape, it can be difficult to imagine yourself removing a tree from your yard. So when a tree is dying, you might feel tempted to just leave it alone. Let it go the natural way, and then remove it… That’s the more compassionate way to go, right? Just let fate decide?
Well, no. First of all, once a tree is past the point of no return, it won’t miraculously recover. It is going to die, and waiting around to see what happens won’t result in a surprise rebound. Second of all, leaving a dying tree in place can lead to some pretty serious problems for you, the homeowner.
Dropping branches. As the tree dies, it might go in pieces. That means dead branches dropping off at any time, causing a hazard to your car, your roof, or even your loved ones as they relax or play in the yard.
Power line complications. If branches or the entire tree comes down onto a power line, you’re going to have a little catastrophe on your hands. This could result in a major inconvenience and hazard not just for you, but for your neighbors as well.
Insurance might not cover damages. You might assume that you’ll let the tree fall, hope it doesn’t fall on your home, and then deal with damages afterward. Unfortunately, some homeowners insurance policies actually exclude this type of damage! And if the tree doesn’t fall on your home, guess what: Your landscaping probably isn’t covered. So whatever it takes out in its path, you will have to clean up and replace.
Dying trees are pest magnets. Did you know that rats love to nest in dying trees? The same goes for termites and a variety of other pests. The last thing you want is a pest magnet in your yard. Eventually they will grow bored with the decaying tree, and move on to greener pastures – like your home.
If you have a dying tree in your yard, give us a call. We can offer you an estimate on removal services, so that you can safely deal with the situation before it causes even more problems.