Research shows that properties with mature trees and beautiful landscaping attract buyers. In fact, a mature tree can add anywhere from $1000 to $10,000 of value to a property.
Trees are important for our environment as well as our homes. They shelter homes from wind and sun and reduce our energy bills by up to 12%.
But sometimes, you have to decide when to cut down a tree from your property. There’s a lot to think about before making that decision. Read on to learn what you need to consider before undertaking large tree removal on your yard.
Is it Causing Structural Damage?
One of the most pressing reasons why you might consider cutting down a tree on your property is if it is impeding your home’s structure.
Tree roots can grow near or above the surface of the ground and disrupt the drainage flow of rainwater.
Roots could block the runoff and keep water pooling near the house. This could result in flooding and damage to your home’s foundation. Or the roots might change the water’s direction and cause standing water on your lawn that is a breeding ground for mosquitos.
Some people think that cutting the problematic roots is a viable solution. But that isn’t true. If you remove many of a tree’s roots, the tree will be weakened.
A weak tree is more likely to fall and cause damage to your home, cars or power lines in the area. A falling tree is also a safety risk for people.
When a tree’s roots become problematic, you will likely need to consider tree removal.
Trees That Are Planted Too Close to the Home
Sometimes when homeowners plant saplings, they don’t understand or think about the size of the tree when it reaches maturity.
Mature trees planted too close to the home can become a nuisance. For one thing, berries could regularly rain down on the windows and doorstep which will result in a big berry juice mess inside the house and out.
The roots of a large tree may lift your sidewalk or walkway to your home. The leaves of a large and mature tree could rot your eaves. But this might not be enough reason to remove a tree.
Consider if you can prune the tree so that it doesn’t touch the eaves. Think of what you could do to fix the problem and still do the least amount of damage to the tree. Maybe building an awning or porch cover will solve the berry issue.
If a tree is just inconvenient, tree removal may not be the right decision.
Does a Tree Make Your Property Difficult to Use?
Deciding when to cut down a tree has a lot to do with whether or not that tree is impacting the way you use your property.
A large, overbearing tree might rob you of the ability to use your yard or see out your windows. Or it might steal all the nutrients and not allow other smaller plant species to thrive.
If removing a tree will help your natural space, it may be a good idea. If you plan to use that empty space to plant other species, removing the tree could be good for the environment.
Is Large Tree Removal Economically Feasible?
When you are considering removing a tree from your property, you will need to request a quote from a landscaping company that specializes in tree removal.
Once you do, you might realize that the cost of having that tree removed is not worth it. You might decide to make do with the tree if the removal process will require a lot of time, labor and be costly.
Have You Checked The Municipal Laws?
Sometimes, you don’t have a say on when to remove a tree from your property.
Some cities have specific bylaws, codes and other controls on what trees can be cut and for what reason. You may need a permit to cut a tree from your yard.
Check with your local jurisdiction before cutting down any trees in your yard.
What to Do with a Cut Tree
If you decide you will remove a tree from your property, try to include it as part of your home.
You can leave the trunk of a tree up to 8 feet tall. You can plant vines that will grow all around the stump to create a beautiful piece of natural artwork. The birds and insects will be grateful to you.
Or you can hire a professional to carve the stump into a sculpture, a reading chair or a garden bench.
A tree can give you plenty of benefits even if is no longer going to be growing in your yard.
Making Do With A Tree You Can’t Cut
If for whatever reason, you can’t cut down a tree on your property, make the best of it.
Why not hang a swing and birdhouse from it? Or attach solar or powered lights to it to brighten your evenings in your yard.
There’s no reason you can’t design a patio or deck around a large tree. It will serve as a focal point and also provide a shady canopy on hot summer days.
Final Thoughts on Large Tree Removal
Thanks for reading. We hope this guide on large tree removal has helped you consider the right questions before making a decision to cut down a tree.
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