Removing Trees: Why Is It Important to Get Rid of Dead or Dying Trees?

Removing Trees: Why Is It Important to Get Rid of Dead or Dying Trees? - Appalachian Tree Service MD


Shade in the spring and summer, beautiful colors in the fall, and a spot for snow to land in the winter. Your trees are staples of your landscaping. But what should you do if something happens to that tree? Unfortunately, you most likely will have to remove it.


How Are Trees Dangerous?

Trees can die or become dangerous for many reasons. Be it disease, a storm, high winds, or some kind of natural disaster, a tree that is dead, dying, or unstable is not something you want on your property. 

Dead trees can act as sanctuaries for birds and small animals in the wild, but they also can host pests like rats and termites. If you’re dealing with a tree that is close to yours or others’ property, removing the tree will be in your best interest before these pests decide to infest your home next.

Not only can dead trees host unsavory guests, they themselves don’t do your landscaping aesthetic any favors. A dead tree in your yard is an eyesore, and can greatly discourage the sale of your house (or even your neighbors’ homes).

If your tree died or is suffering from a disease, you will want to consider that disease’s impact on your other plants. Most likely, the disease is contagious to the other plants in your yard. For example, mildews may cause color loss in your tree and then spread throughout your landscaping.

As for human danger, dead or dying and structurally unsound trees can be a huge risk. Branches are more likely to fall off, and not just during a windy day or storm; if the tree is brittle enough, branches can fall unassisted. If they fall on your neighbor’s property, this could be a liability. If they fall and there is a person or pet beneath one, you’re dealing with a much more serious issue. Dead trees are much more brittle and are especially risky to leave on your property for this reason.

Brittle, dead trees are also more dangerous to remove. The longer you wait to hire someone to take care of the issue, the more you may have to spend due to the increased risk of injury to the workers.

How Can I Tell If My Tree Might Be Dangerous?

The University of Maryland created some guidelines when it comes to the removal of trees, and one of the key points is to ask yourself: How healthy is the tree? As a rule of thumb, if 50% of the tree is damaged, you should remove the tree. The guide also outlines other questions such as:


  • Is it a desirable species?
  • Is there trunk damage?
  • Is the tree hollow?
  • Are there large dead branches?
  • Are all dead branches on one side of the tree?
  • Are there sprouts coming from the base of the trunk?
  • Is there trunk rot or a large fungus growing near the base of the tree?
  • Has there been excavation near the tree causing root damage?
  • Is the tree leaning?
  • Is the tree under power lines?
  • What is the history of the tree?
  • What is environment in which the tree lives?
  • How much space is available for tree growth?

All of these questions, along with the aforementioned factors, should influence your decision on removing a dead or dangerous tree.

Expert Tree Removal in Maryland

If you’ve decided you have a tree that needs to go, contact Appalachian Tree Company for an estimate. We have years of experience safely removing dead or dying trees, keeping your property safe.

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