Trees offer many benefits to your yard and home. Lush green trees add to your home’s curb appeal and beauty. They also provide shade for your home on hot days.
As useful and beautiful as your trees may be, they can be dangerous if they are left untrimmed. Here are 6 ways your untrimmed trees can pose a danger to your home or others.
Untrimmed trees can provide wild animals with direct access to your home
Wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and rats inhabit trees. When a tree is trimmed, the animals may not pose a problem for you. However, untrimmed tree branches that extend over your home enable wild animals to enter your home through a window or the attic. Once animals enter your home, it is often difficult to get them out. Wild animals can also carry diseases that can threaten the health of your family.
Untrimmed trees are dangerous to power lines
During snow storms, it is common for fallen tree branches to disrupt the power in a community. In some cases, a broken tree branch can cause a fire. If the tree is on your property, you may be liable for the damages. One way to prevent fallen tree branches from interfering with power lines is to contact an arborist. An arborist can check your trees to determine whether they are weak. If they are weakened, an arborist can provide recommendations about how much of the tree needs to be trimmed so it will not affect power lines.
Untrimmed trees cause dead branches to fall on the road
If they fall at the wrong time, they can be hazardous to your neighborhood roads. Weakened tree branches can fall on a car as it is passing by your home. Or they could obstruct the road and cause damage to unsuspecting drivers. Either way, you may be held responsible for any injuries or damages to vehicles as a result of your untrimmed trees.
Untrimmed tree branches can destroy your roof shingles
Trees that extend over your home can scrape your shingles and cause them to fall. Not only is it expensive to repair your roof, but falling shingles can also be dangerous. As they are falling, they might injure you or a neighbor.
Untrimmed tree branches can make your yard a dangerous place for children
Tree branches are hard and heavy. Many of them have sharp edges that can cut or scrape. Children who are playing in the yard may not be aware of the fallen tree branches. They can fall over the branches and get a serious cut on their arms and legs.
Untrimmed trees can cause your roof to rot
When tree branches combine with the moisture from rain or snow, moss may develop. If moss develops under your roof’s shingles, there is a potential for your roof to rot. Over time, a rotting roof can cause your roof to collapse.
The best way to prevent any of these dangers is to have your trees trimmed regularly. Professionally trimmed trees will allow you to enjoy your trees without any of their potential dangers.
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