Reasons to Remove a Dead Tree

Sometimes, people balk at the idea of having a tree removed, even a dead tree. It isn’t hurting anything, they think, and while it’s an eyesore it’s my irritation, so it’s my choice.

Today, we’re going to look at some of the reasons a homeowner may want to rethink keeping a dead tree on their property. None of them have to do with the fact that it’s a visual distraction and probably lowering the property value. You already know that.

What killed it?

Before you leave a dead or dying tree in your yard, you should know what killed the tree in the first place. Because when disease kills a tree, that disease could spread to the other plants and trees in the landscape the same way contagious diseases spread in people. If you know it was struck by lightning or lack of water or something less insidious, then contagion isn’t an issue.
If you’re not 100% sure what killed it, but it could have been a disease, it’s worthy of concern. Bacterial and fungal infections can be spread in a variety of ways, typically by insects, soil, or roots, even by humans. If a tree died of a pathogen, get rid of it as quickly as possible, so it doesn’t spread to the other plants in your landscape.


Deadwood is an attractant to a variety of pests and vermin. The deadwood attracts them, they multiply, and then they start looking for new areas to infest. Nearby houses, including yours, look pretty good to a burgeoning population of termites, wood borers, and carpenter ants.

Rats will also use a dead tree as a nesting spot. But, rats don’t eat wood, so they’ll immediately start looking around for a place to find food. Like the insects, rats will also think of your home as a potential food source.

Potential falling hazard

Generally speaking, the bigger the tree, the more significant hazard. If it falls on a house or a car, or even into a pool, it can cause thousands of dollars in damage.

If it’s not big enough or close enough to fall on your house or a car, you have a little time, but as the dead roots shrink, even a smaller tree can become a hazard during a storm, which can pick it up and turn it into a projectile.

Dead branches

Dead branches are also hazards. If you have a tree which has a dead branch, it poses the same threats which make a dead tree problematic, namely, diseases, infestations, falling/flying hazard, and, of course, just plain ugliness.

We’d like for you to consider us your go-to for any of the problems mentioned earlier. We will come out and remove a dead or dying tree and branches and let you get on with other things. We are experts in our field, are certified and licensed and insured.