A dead tree can pose danger to your property, pets, and the people around it. Although a dead tree may be able to stand for a while, it eventually becomes dry, brittle, and susceptible to breakage. It can completely uproot and fall over. I may also become a host to bacteria, fungi, insects, and worms.
To understand the hazardous potential of a dead tree, understand what happens to a tree when it dies:
Dangers of a Dead Tree
The dangers of a dead tree on your property could vary, depending where it’s placed, and there is no predicting when an injured tree will topple. It could land on a house, fence, or neighbour’s property. Depending on its size, a fallen tree can block the sidewalk or road and cause inconvenience. Monitor the signs of a dying tree to prevent risk and call for maintenance or removal as soon as possible.
A dead tree near the sidewalk and in the front yard (which may technically be City property) can be more hazardous than one in the back garden. Falling limbs are the most likely hazard. A slight gust of wind can cause a branch to break, putting anyone nearby at risk. Although a dead tree in the backyard could pose less danger to others, homeowners should still remove the dead tree to protect themselves and prevent pests or disease from spreading.
Planting trees on your property provides numerous benefits (shade and fresh air, improved property value, better air quality). However, just like other living organisms, trees eventually die — especially without proper care and maintenance. While most trees can live for decades (or even a century), they can die prematurely from storm damage, harmful pest infestation, and fungal infection.
When dealing with a dead tree, call for professional removal by an experienced team with the skills, tools, and equipment to effectively remove it from your property. For tree service in Newmarket, call Timberlane Tree Service at (905) 778-9438.