When a tree dies in a forest, it becomes a valuable resource for insects and animals alike. As it decays, nature recycles it, taking advantage of the food and shelter it provides for many years to come. However, in a yard or on a front lawn, a dead tree is an eyesore that can reduce a property's value.
More importantly, dead trees are dangerous, especially the large ones. As they rot, the risk that they may drop a large limb or fall over in high winds increases. Because of these dangers, it is important to remove dead trees as quickly as possible. Don't attempt to remove a large dead tree on your own, however. Doing so is dangerous for several reasons.
Dead Limbs May Break Unexpectedly
No matter what tools you use to cut down a dead tree, the vibrations you create when doing so could cause sections of the tree to break off without warning. If you are standing under a dead tree when a large branch snaps and falls, you may not be able to get out of the way fast enough. Moreover, large branches can cause a chain reaction that brings down several branches at once.
Some Areas Are Diseased or Severely Decayed
Professional tree services or arborists employ cranes and winches when removing dead trees. This allows them to direct the fall of dead trees and dead branches once they have cut them. An experienced arborist who has worked on hundreds of trees, also knows how to detect areas of severe decay or disease.
If you don't know what to look for when cutting into a dead tree, you could cut into an area that is severely rotted without knowing it. This could then cause the tree to list and fall towards you or a nearby building without warning.
Dead Trees Shatter When Felled
When a dead tree has a number of large branches, it is very likely that those branches will shatter upon impact with the ground. Working without a crane then, which would allow you to remove large branches before felling the tree, could get messy not to mention dangerous.
If you don't have the right equipment, you could find yourself ducking for cover as the dead tree you just felled explodes all around you.
Dead trees are too unpredictable for just anyone to remove. That is why you should hire a reputable and experienced tree removal specialist with a proven track record to remove a dead tree.