If a tree falls in your yard, should you have it removed? If it isn't a safety hazard and your community doesn't require you to remove it, leaving a tree to rot can actually be a good thing for the environment. According to the National Wildlife Federation, dead trees are habitat for over 1,000 species of wildlife. These decaying masses are food sources (insects and mosses are food sources for birds, for example), and the decomposing matter also helps feed the soil.
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