Why It Is Important to Remove Dangerous Trees From Your Yard

Updated on May 1, 2019
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I enjoy keeping my yard clear of trees that are in dangerous places.

Trees Bring Value to Your Home

A healthy, mature tree in your yard can add between $1,000 and $10,000 to the value of your home. However, a tree can spell disaster during the strong force winds of a hurricane or a tornado. They can also interfere with electrical lines, and by the time they are cut back, they look terrible.

Taking down trees that can be dangerous is one of the smartest things you can do as a homeowner. Taking responsibility is half the battle to keep your home and family safe.

Why Trees Fall During Storms

It turns out some trees are more susceptible to being blown over when the soil is saturated. The main contributing factor is the integrity of the root system.

Although it's true that tall, lean evergreens like spruces and firs are more likely to get blown over when the ground is wet. Even if their root systems are good, they’re just not able to withstand strong, sustained winds.

But most trees blow over because their root systems are compromised. They’re simply not properly attached to the ground. This is usually the case when the roots are diseased or if the tree was planted in an area with poor drainage, poor quality soil, poor soil volume, or compacted soil.

"The deeper the water source, the longer the tree's roots" is what I have always been told. A tree that finds water three feet down will not grow a long underground root system like one that is getting water from six feet down.

Trees Forced Over by the Wind

Does Tree Size Matter?

When severe weather comes, tree size doesn't matter. You might think a large old one would fare best in a hurricane or tropical storm, but that is far from the truth. Storms don't pick the size of the tree to fall— they merely sweep through and it either goes, or it stays. If it stays, then you are lucky.

While you may want large trees for shade, their placement is critical. You don't want a very large tree hanging over your home. This spells disaster.

There is no US state that is safe from severe storms. Years ago, we never had to worry about hurricanes in New Jersey. After Hurricane Sandy swept through and devastated parts of NY and NJ, we realized that no one is out of harm's way.

A Bristol Oak Tree
A Bristol Oak Tree

What Trees Can Survive Severe Weather?

When choosing a new tree for your landscape, or deciding whether to remove one, take severe storms into consideration. One of the best things you can do in your landscape is to plant trees that can withstand hurricane-force winds. Also, consider how tall they will get and if they will interfere with any electrical wires.

Research conducted by University of Florida scientists showed that Sand Live Oaks are the most resistant to wind damage. Other good choices include the Southern Magnolia, Live Oak, Crepe Myrtle, Bald Cypress, and Sabal Palm. These trees are less likely to lose limbs or blow over during hurricanes. Those with the least wind resistance were Sand Pine, Chinese Elm, Water Oak, and Laurel Oak.

Remember that proper planting and care are just as important as the type of tree you plant. By making smart choices when you choose and plant new trees, you'll avoid costly damage later.

There are over 200 species of Magnolias.
There are over 200 species of Magnolias.
They become a great shade source if planted in the right spot.
They become a great shade source if planted in the right spot.

The Cost of Having Trees Removed

Maybe you have moved into your new home and see some trees that could possibly cause problems. You want to have them removed, so you start pricing and find out that they are not cheap to have taken down.

Removal can average anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per tree. The more you have removed, the cheaper it gets. We had three Camphor trees (which are nothing but a weed) removed from our yard, and it cost us $1300. The highest bid we received was $2500. It can be costly, but shop around and don't settle for the first bid. You'll also want to go to their website and see their ratings. HomeAdvisor has reviews for almost every company. Take your time when trying to find someone to remove your trees.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Waiting until a tree comes crashing down on your house or through a window is not a smart thing to do. Not only will you have to deal with having the tree removed, but you will also have to deal with your homeowner's insurance to get your home fixed. Sometimes, insurance takes a long time depending on the situation and the insurance company.

Once you have a tree removed, plant another, but in a different spot in your yard, away from power lines and your home. You want the tree far enough so that if it does fall, it won't harm your home.

Stay safe by getting those trees out of your yard.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Cheryl A Whitsett


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