Trees add a unique touch of beauty to a landscape, enhancing the environment with natural colors and life. But like all living organisms, trees will eventually die.
This typically doesn’t happen overnight, as some species are capable of living for more than a century. But external elements like pests, disease and decay can drastically shorten a tree’s lifespan, giving it a premature death.
When this occurs, the dead tree may pose a serious risk to you and your family.
What Happens When a Tree Dies?
To better understand the dangers of having dead trees on your property, you must first understand what happens to a tree when it dies.
In most situations, a dead tree will become dry and brittle due to the lack of moisture and nutrients. Living trees absorb moisture and nutrients through the ground via “feeder” roots. Moisture is absorbed by the roots and transported up through the tree, keeping it hydrated and healthy.
But dead trees don’t have this luxury, so they tend to become dry, brittle and susceptible to breakage.
Among the most common dangers associated with dead trees is the potential for falling limbs. Because the interior of the tree is dry and brittle, there’s less weight and structural integrity holding the limbs in place.
As such, even the slightest gusts of wind may cause a limb to break off, placing anyone underneath at risk for injury. And as time progresses, even gravity may cause limbs to break off.
Tree Falling Over
It’s not just the limbs that have a tendency to fall off of dead trees. The entire tree may fall over, as well.
Depending on exactly where the tree is located, it could pose a danger to both you and your home. This is why it’s important that homeowners monitor their trees on a regular basis, looking for signs of it being dead.
Signs of a Dead Tree:
- Bark peeled away
- Discolored leaves
- Broken limbs
- Large cracks and crevices in trunk
- Infestation of wood-boring insects
Dealing with a Dead Tree
DO NOT attempt to remove a dead tree without professional assistance. Doing so could increase your risk of injury, so leave this to the professionals. A professional tree removal company will come survey your tree and offer advise/quote on how to remove it.
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or