It can be tempting to leave a dying tree alone. Some homeowners avoid tree removal in hopes that the tree will recover on its own, or simply because they want to avoid the hassle of removing it. Unfortunately, this could be a major mistake. Dying trees can pose many risks and hazards to both your property and to those that dwell upon it. Read on so you can better understand the threats.
Pest and Disease Spread
Often, pests and disease is what leads to the death of a tree. You can usually determine if these are the cause with careful inspection. If you notice increased insect traffic on the trunk, small holes in the bark, or the leaking of sap, you like have some pests feeding on the heartwood of the tree. Disease usually shows up as major dieback of foliage and branches, although you may also notice weepy wounds or growths on the trunk. If you suspect disease or pests are to blame for the tree’s decline, prompt removal is necessary so the problem doesn’t spread to other healthy trees.
Even if pests or diseases aren’t the cause of your tree’s decline, that doesn’t mean that it won’t attract them now that it is in the dying stages. Termites, for example, can be attracted by the dead wood. It may not take them long to move from the tree to your home or other nearby structures. A weakened and dying tree is also more susceptible to diseases, so it can begin harboring problems.
A tall, well-rooted tree may not seem like a major danger when it dies, but chances are it will soon begin dropping branches. These branches can damage buildings or cars beneath the tree. Even worse, branches could fall and injure a person or pet. Even if you opt to wait and see if the tree recovers, you should still have any dead branches pruned out annually.
If you aren’t sure why the tree is dying, then you can’t be assured that it is still deep rooted. Sometimes root damage or a root disease causes a tree to die. This means that the roots are effectively dying off or receding, so the tree is no longer rooted as well as you thought. It can take just a few strong gusts of wind to bring the tree down on your home.
It’s a good idea to contact a tree service business, such as Stritar Tree Service, to determine the cause of your tree’s decline. If they can’t come up with a plan that may save the tree, make the responsible choice and have it removed.