It takes a long time to grow a tall maple or pine tree and they add value provided they are well located on the property and in good health. Pine trees in the wooded parts of our area can feel the stress of drought and many trees had a tough time getting through last winter because of the lack of water. The forest goes through the natural cycle of drought, fire, and the resulting forest cleansing, but if you want to keep the trees on your property in good health you might want to bring in experts to assist you in a designing and implementing a health plan for them to help fight the bark beetle and other tree killing natural phenomenon.
Most of the trees on private property in our area were planted by a property owner along the way. They often have drip system watering systems and are used for shade, wind breaks, privacy, and boundary delineation. These trees are usually pampered and appreciated, but the property owners don’t always know what is best when they plant and attend to their trees without the benefit of a professional landscaper or arborist.
When looking at a property with trees there are several things to consider. The age of the trees is important. Old cottonwood trees by your house can be a hazard. Other older trees may be reaching the end of their life expectancy and won’t be around long. Maples near a sidewalk or a foundation can cause upheaval of the concrete in a surprisingly short period of time. Where are the trees in relation to your septic system or sewer drain pipe? Tree roots are probably the biggest cause of septic failure in our area. We know of one local situation where a septic tank was completed filled with a ball of roots that penetrated the tank and grew dramatically in that environment.
Our advice: If you own a home with trees or are considering buying one look beyond the natural beauty of the trees. Just as you take your kids to the doctor for a periodic physical to determine their health, seriously consider hiring an arborist to come and look at your trees – tree doctors still make house calls. You will be amazed at how differently they look at them than you do. They will assess the root system and potential for property damage, the branches for health and vitality of the tree, the leaves, what is on them, and what might come in the future. They can also offer bio-stimulant injections, in addition to a fertilizer, that help your trees’ health.
Considering the financial and aesthetic investment you have in your trees, don’t neglect them or take them for granted. Give them the proper care and attention that you would anything else that is so important in your life. Don’t gamble with your most important investment, your home and the grounds around it.
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