Top Reasons To Care For Your Trees

When we look at trees we think to ourselves "Meh, they're just trees". We usually don't pay much attention to them unless we have to spend our time raking leaves up in the fall or getting a tree removal service for the branch that broke off and fell on our car. For the most part, people don't realize that caring for your trees can help not only the environment but can help increase the property value of your home. Trees can provide us with food and shade in those summer months but you may not want to be bothered with your trees. If you have trees on your property and are thinking of removing them or that they are just there for looks, lets take a look at the Top Reasons To Care For  Your Trees. Number One: Trees can increase property values by as much as 20%. A nice Landscaped yard with a good amount of trees can turn a yard from looking average to a backyard oasis. Having tree maintenance will keep the trees looking professionally maintained and keep unwanted leaves and other tree debris off your lawn. Some homeowners prefer to care for their own trees but many do not know how to properly trim or prune trees which can lead to trees dying and decreasing the property value. With large trees homeowners would have to buy specialized equipment to reach the tops and could risk falling and hurting themselves. At the same time having dead trees or stumps in the front yard will decrease the value of the property. Hanging branches or eroding roots will not only damage the property but will also decrease the property value. Its always recommend to hire a tree specialist to care for your trees as there are many different species of trees. Number Two: Trees are known for their beautiful leaves and hypnotizing swaying in the wind, but they also play a major roll in keeping our air clean. Trees can absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year and can withdraw 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time the tree reaches 40 years old. Not only can trees clean the air for carbon dioxide they can also absorb different orders and pollutant gases in the air such as nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone. They can also filter out particulates in the air by trapping them in their leaves and bark. The best trees to purify the air are Silver Birch, Yew and Elder Trees. Number Three: Ever lived next to a noisy highway? Ever wondered why you see so many trees near highways?  Well believe it or not, trees can help buffer out noise pollution. Choosing trees and shrubs that have dense branches that reach all the way to the ground can reduce the noise of traffic and even air traffic. The best trees for year-round noise reduction are evergreens such as arborvitaes, spruce, pine, and hollies. In order for these trees to be effective sound barriers their foliage needs to reach the ground. The denser the tree or shrub the more effective they are at reducing the noise of traffic and other outdoor nuisances. This is why if you ever been out into a National Park with lots of trees its so quiet. The trees filter out the noises because they are very dense and grow close to one another. Be sure to let your tree specialist know when trimming and grooming your trees. Number Four: When the heat is unbearable during the hot summer months where is the first place you want to go when outside? Under a tree where there is shade, right? According to energy.gov, shade under trees can be 25°F or cooler because the cool air settles near the ground. Having enough trees planted around your home can shade windows and keep the house cooler than it normally would. This would also help with energy costs because the air conditioner would not have to work so hard to keep the home cool in the summer months. If considering to plant trees around your home, its important to plant them far enough from the home. When these trees mature you don't want the branches to damage the roof or the roots to erode and break the foundation. If you notice the branches of the trees start to grow on top to the roof, its important to have a tree arborist come and remove the tree branch. Number Five: The most common type of fruit tree you'll hear of is the apple tree.Problems with Unattended Trees Caring for your trees can help prevent damage from your home or property especially in those winter months when the wind blows just right and breaks a branch off your tree smashing your neighbors car

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. The weather can also have a big impact on your trees with high winds and storms blowing loose branches or trees over to the ground. Trees should be maintained for reasons listed above but having regular tree trimming is important to remove dead branches and leaves so that new ones can grow. Every few weeks the branches of your trees show be trimmed to maintain their healthy appearance. If your tree's branches are growing too close to your house it may be time to cut them back. Caring for your trees can be a task done on your own or with the help of a Tree Specialist. When caring for your Trees if you notice they are looking out of the ordinary you might have a tree that is on the verge of death. If you notice the branches on your tree are breaking off easily or the bark on the trunk has rows of holes from insects these could be signs of a tree in trouble. Roots of trees that looks slimy is another sign that your tree is dying. Fungus and insects may be killing the tree. Leaves of the tree will also indicate if there is a problem with your tree, by August if your tree does not have a single leaf on it then there may be a major issue. If you have an Evergreen Tree the signs of a distressed tree will be slightly different. Evergreen trees are green all year round and their leaves (needles) cycles out. However if you notice your needles are brown at the ends then this may be a sign that the tree is dying. Always consult a professional tree service before treating a tree yourself. Tree Disease or Death Prevention To prevent disease or death of your trees its always important to research the type of trees you have on your property or hire a professional tree arborists to assist you in caring for the trees. When doing yard work avoid injuring your tree with lawn tools as the damage on the tree can cause them to catch infections. If you notice the roots are growing above ground this can be a sign of trouble. The trees roots normally grow underground in the top 12 to 18 inches of soil. the spread out much wider that most people think. Common reasons why roots are exposed is rain and wind may erode the soil, lack of space for the roots to grow, and high foot traffic area. Take care of the trees basic needs such as water and spread mulch around the trees base, however don't pile against the bark of the tree, Spread the mulch out evenly and use organic material such as wood chips or shredded wood. Too much mulch will cause rot or disease because over time it will decay. Thin and even layered mulch will keep the tree healthy and happy. Properly prune your tree because it supports growth and a strong immune system for the tree.   Tree Professionals/Tree Arborist Caring for your trees can be self accomplished however most individuals do not feel comfortable with this task. It is important to keep your trees healthy and happy not only for the reasons listed above but because trees have been around since the beginning of time. They are a sacred part of the human race and keep us alive by providing us with shelter, food, oxygen, shade, and serenity in their majestic beauty. If you notice your trees are becoming sick the best thing to do is to contact your local tree specialist. They can help with:

  • identifying trees that are at high risks
  • knowledgeable on laws about chemicals and deforestation
  • adequately spray trees with correct chemicals
  • warn you of potential spreading diseases
  • identify branches that need support
  • recommendation of trees that can compliment your yard
  • prune trees and give pruning tips
  • tree clearing or removal
  • tree maintenance
  • tree mulching services
  • climb high to trim tall trees
  • use heavy equipment to remove stubborn tree stumps
  • specialized tree trimming tools