Removing a tree from your yard sometimes becomes necessary, for numerous reasons. It’s crowding out your home or some other structure, its roots threaten your foundation or plumbing, it has become too expensive and time-consuming to maintain, or it actually falls and now must be hauled away. Whatever the reason, tree removal can feel sad for many people. We love our trees, and hate to get rid of one if it isn’t actually necessary.
That’s why the best way to avoid tree removal is to assess and address common risk factors far ahead of time. In particular, don’t even plant a tree if you haven’t done your research and sought professional advice! If you choose the right tree for your yard and plant it in the right place, many future generations can enjoy it without the heartbreak of removal.
Consider the following factors as you’re choosing a tree to plant this spring.
What are you looking for? Do you want a shade tree, or something that produces beautiful flowers or edible fruit? What size tree do you prefer in the future, when it reaches adult height? Are you trying to achieve a certain aesthetic for your yard, such as a tropical look or traditional Americana?
Deciduous or evergreen? An evergreen tree will provide green foliage all year, whereas a deciduous tree will produce brilliant foliage in the fall before dropping its leaves. Of course, you will be responsible for raking up those leaves, especially if your HOA has rules about that!
How much maintenance are you willing to perform on your tree? Some trees require more maintenance than others. Not only will pruning be necessary for some varieties; fruit and nut trees are notriously messy.
What size tree will fit in your space? This is perhaps the most important consideration. Consider the approximate size of the adult tree, as compared to the space available. Will the adult tree look right in your yard, with the surrounding landscaping? Will it grow too near powerlines or overhang your roof? Will roots grow near walkways, patios, and your home’s foundation?
What are your soil conditions and climate? Soil conditions can be amended, of course, but there’s nothing you can do about your climate. Choose a tree that will thrive in the conditions you can provide, so that you don’t have a diseased and dying tree on your hands later.
And if you need any further advice about trees or tree removal, give us a call. At times removal is necessary, but with prompt actions we can sometimes save your tree.