Most of us don’t actually realise how valuable our trees are. In fact, it is estimated that trees could increase the value of your property by up to 20%, although this will very much depend on the number of trees, their species, their location and how mature they are.
Some of the main benefits that trees provide include absorbing pollutants in both air and surrounding water, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide around us, reducing the amount of noise pollution, and even helping you to save on your energy bills in the summer, as many trees provide shade for your home. This post will introduce you to a number of other factors about trees and how they can help to increase the value of your property.
Why Would You Cut Down Trees?
When you consider all the benefits, it may be hard to understand why anyone would want to cut down trees, as opposed to protecting and preserving them. However, there are various reasons why trees should be removed, most commonly because they are in a threatening or dangerous position, or simply because they have died.
With that being said, trees which are either damaged or dying can also be saved in certain instances. You may also find that many companies which provide tree services would say that removal is the best option in the first instance, rather than looking at the variety of other options available.
What Other Options are Available?
To be completely honest, not all tree service companies have the know-how or expertise to apply some of the other options, which include identifying and then treating the number of diseases and disorders that trees suffer from. This is why many homeowners are presented with two main options – trimming or removal. However, tree care could also involve fertilisation, management of diseases, pest management, bracing and cabling systems, drought management, systems to protect against lightning, and the regular monitoring and assessment of trees.
All of these options are considered viable sources of tree care and any specialists in this area will understand how to spot and deal with any of these factors. You should also find that by applying many of these options, rather than simply removing a tree, the overall cost works out far cheaper for you. In fact, simple tree care could cost anywhere from $50 up to a couple of hundred, whereas complete removal of a tree could see you paying out well over $500, and often a lot more.
Disadvantages to Tree Removal
- Once a tree has been removed you will lose the value associated with it. However, if some simple tree care work had been done you could maintain the tree and even enhance it, thus meaning that it would retain or increase its value.
- There are certain risks associated with tree removal which include the use of heavy and dangerous machinery, and of course the unpredictability associated with felling and removing such a huge object.
- The simple fact that certain heavy machinery will be brought onto your property can cause damage to other parts of your garden, whereas by providing simple tree care, no such heavy equipment is typically required.
Vikram Shenoy currently writes for The Tree Company, a leading tree company in Ashburton. Vikram enjoys playing video games and blogging about environmental issues. You can also follow him on Twitter @ ShenoyTrivikram.