Do You Need to Remove Dead Trees


Not only are dead trees a hindrance to your curb appeal, but they can also pose safety risks to your family and health risks to the other trees on your property. With a dead tree on your property, you have an increased risk of damage to your home from the tree falling, a greater chance of fires starting, and a wide range of related problems we will cover below. 

1. Property Value

Besides the safety risks associated with having a dead tree on your property, dead trees can reduce your property’s value. Dead trees are unsightly and the safety risk they pose is seen as a financial hurdle. Because of this, many HOAs require dead trees to be removed rather quickly to protect the curb appeal and financial interests of the homeowners. Dead tree removal becomes especially important if you’re interested in selling your home; to get top dollar, you will need to remove the dead trees on your property. 

2. Pest Control

Dead and diseased trees can actually harbor pests and other animals in their hollow trunks and branches. Once those pests become settled on your property, it’s an easy trip for them to migrate to the healthy trees in your yard and even your home. Obviously, no homeowner wants to deal with the associated costs and headaches that come with pest removal, so get ahead of it and remove the dead trees on your property as soon as you notice them. 

3. Live Trees’ Health

When you leave a dead tree on your property, you’re inviting the potential disease that killed it to move to the surrounding landscape. While sometimes it’s more obvious that a tree died due to a disease or fungus, other times that sickness is contained within the trunk and branches. To cover all your bases, you should remove the dead tree from your property to prevent infections from spreading – even if you don’t see visible signs of one. 

In addition to affecting the other trees and vegetation on your property, if your tree was killed by a fungus or mildew the airborne particles they carry can be harmful to the health of your family and pets. This issue becomes even more critical if the dead tree is next to your home, as mildew and fungus can quickly spread. 

4. Neighborhood Damage

Although we’ve touched on the personal property damage and personal safety that accompanies leaving a dead tree on your property, another angle to pay attention to is potential damage to your neighbors’ homes or properties. While you may be more understanding if your tree falls on your home or fence, a neighbor probably won’t have the same reaction. Maintain positive relationships in your neighborhood and avoid insurance claim hassles by removing a dead tree as soon as possible. 

For all your tree removal needs in the Austin area, choose Brents Tree Service. We look forward to your call!