We’ve been surprised over the years at how often we are asked to cut down trees that are perfectly healthy. It seems many homeowners don’t realize that their trees are valuable. When we question the reasoning behind wanting their valuable tree cut down, we’ve heard many different responses. Here are just a few of them:
“It’s such a dirty tree.”
In order for trees to continue to thrive and provide life-giving oxygen to humans, they must produce seeds. And in order for those seeds to grow into new trees, they must somehow find their way into the ground. Thus, they must be dropped from the trees that produced them.
Unfortunately, some trees produce seeds that are just downright inconvenient. From long stringy pods to sharp, pokey balls, seeds come in many shapes and sizes. Before you plant a tree in your yard, consider what type of seed it will drop on your lawn.
“It’s just getting too big, and I’m afraid it’s going to fall on my house.”
Trees can be like puppies- they’re all cute and small at first, but they grow up. Before long, you have a tree that is large and in charge. This isn’t necessarily a good reason to have it cut down.
If your oversized tree is in good health, there’s no reason to be concerned about it falling on your house. A healthy tree can easily support itself. Trees do have a limited life expectancy, however. If your large tree is in decline, it may be wise to consider having it removed before it becomes a serious safety hazard.
“I just think this tree is ugly.”
Trees can be a bit unsightly at times. This is often due to a lack of regular care and maintenance. Trees without proper care can get out of control and even become a safety concern. However, just because a tree is “ugly” doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be cut down. Often times it can be pruned to look great again.
What’s the big deal about removing these kinds of trees anyway?
According to the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers, a sound, mature tree can add from $1,000 to $10,000 to the value of your home. Here’s why:
- Trees can provide shade during the hot months that can reduce your cooling costs by up to 50%.
- They also provide a wind barrier to your home in the cold months that can help reduce your heating bill as well.
- Trees help absorb excess water pooling in your yard.
- And they prevent soil erosion with their extensive root systems.
There are plenty of good reasons for cutting down a tree, but remember, trees are valuable. So, you may want to reconsider before removing a healthy, and quite valuable tree!
If you have any questions on whether or not you should remove a tree on your own property, contact us today.