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Dying Tree? Three Reasons It's Best To Remove It Now

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If you have a tree on your property that appears to be languishing, you may be tempted to just leave it in place until it dies completely. After all, a few branches are still green! But while patience is good in a lot of endeavors, removing a dying tree really is one task best tackled immediately. Don't dawdle -- call the tree removal company today. Here are three reasons why you'll be glad you did.

Dead branches can cause notable structural damage.

Once a tree branch dies, it is at a much higher risk of breaking off when caught by a high wind or weighed down by snow. And even the branches that are still green may be partially overcome by disease, making them more likely to break. If you don't remove the tree now, you may be left paying for tree removal and a new roof or window later on. Homeowner's insurance won't always cover tree-related repairs if there's evidence that you knew the tree was at risk of breaking and you did not do anything about it. And if the tree happens to damage a neighbor's home rather than your own, your friendship could be at risk, too.

Diseases can spread to nearby trees.

Most often, when a tree begins to die off, it is because it has become infected with a fungal or bacterial disease. Most of these diseases are highly contagious. The fungal spores can be passed from tree to tree by insects, by the wind, or through tree-to-tree root connections. If you remove the tree, you'll potentially be protecting numerous other trees in the area from suffering the same fate. 

Dead and dying trees can attract bugs.

Who enjoys having bugs on their property? Some bugs, such as box elder bugs, are just an annoyance. Others, like termites and carpenter ants, can cause structural damage to your home. A dead or decaying tree will attract all of these bugs, and once they're on your property, they don't have to go far to make their way into your actual home. Remove the tree now, and you'll save yourself a few calls to the exterminator.

Having a tree removed can be a bit costly, but keep in mind that you're going to have to pay for this service at some point -- either now or later on. You'll save yourself a bundle by paying for tree removal now rather than later when you also have to pay for home repairs, extermination, or treatment of five other infected trees.

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