Tree Care Basics: A Starter Guide

Tree Care Basics: A Starter Guide

Dangers of Dead Landscape Trees

Johnni Knight

A dead tree in the landscape may seem more like an eyesore than a danger, but it can pose a real hazard to the safety of your family and your property. The following are five things that can be directly harmed in the event the tree falls.

1. Roof, Windows, and Siding

If the tree is growing close enough to the house, there is a good chance that it will damage at least the roof if it falls. Depending on the size of the tree and the trajectory, it may also cause damage to siding, broken windows, or even compromise some of the structural integrity of the home. The tree doesn't even have to fall to pose a danger, either. Dead trees can shed branches easily, and the larger branches can cause severe damage if they break and fall onto the house.

2. Out Buildings

Outbuildings like the garage and garden shed are also at risk if the tree falls or if large dead branches come down. In many cases, outbuildings can suffer even more damage because they often are not constructed to the same standards as the house itself. Even small trees can cause major damage when falling on a pre-built storage or potting shed, for example.

3. Landscaping

When wind or time brings down a dead tree, it doesn't always simply break off at the base. Sometimes the entire thing uproots, ripping out yards and yards of landscaping around the base of the tree. This damage will be in conjunction with any damage caused by the trajectory of the trunk. The trunk itself can destroy retaining walls, crush garden beds, or bring down neighboring trees and shrubs as it crashes down.

4. Parked Cars

Trees that line the street pose a particular danger to cars. Cars driving down the street could be struck by a falling dead tree or dropping branch, but those parked regularly near the tree are at the greatest risk. If the dead tree does come down on a car, you will likely be liable even if the car isn't your own.

5. Injury

Most alarming is the chances for injury if a dead tree falls over or drops branches, both of which can occur with very little warning. If you spend any time in your yard or have pets and children that play in the yard, a dead tree on the property poses a major risk.

Don't ignore the risks from a dead or dying tree. Call a removal service like Robert Jefferies Logging & Tree Service to learn about maintaining your yard. 


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Tree Care Basics: A Starter Guide

Proper tree care is an essential part of maintaining your property's appearance and overall well-being. After all, neglected trees can quickly become safety hazards if limbs should fall and damage your property. That's why it's important that you know how to take care of your trees. Luckily, this site is here to help. With the information on this site, you'll be able to better understand the different needs of each type of tree on your land. That way, you can tailor your tree care accordingly and you'll know when you should call a tree service for more help and ongoing care.