When thinking about creating value in your landscape, think trees! Trees around your home can increase it’s value up to 20%, according to the Management Information Services. In fact, a mature tree can have a value of $1000-$10,000 (Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers)!
Other than their natural beauty, trees provide many values to homeowners:
If you'd like to see the benefits that the trees in your yard are already providing you, you can access www.treebenefits.com. This site will show you how your tree saves you on energy costs, helps you retain storm water, balances your carbon footprint, and more! Check it out!
Green Week has passed for this year, and Arbor Day is but a memory. But to many people, remaining eco-friendly is more than something we do for a couple weeks a year. We do it because we have a passion for doing what's right, for protecting what's been given to us. And being environmentally responsible is easy to do when we make even small changes in our everyday routines - Using canvas bags at the grocery store, rather than paper or plastic. Replacing your shower head with a water-saving one. And including healthy, vital trees on your property.
Trees that are healthy benefit the environment in many ways. Shade trees reduce cooling costs in the summer by up to 50% by shading the windows and the walls of your home (American Public Power Association). In the winter, trees that are properly placed around buildings can reduce the energy needed for heating by 20%-50% (USDA Forest Service). Trees can sequester enormous amounts of carbon while releasing new oxygen into the air... this will reduce the carbon footprint of your home (A Yellow Poplar will sock away an impressive 137.26 pounds of carbon a year!). According to the United States Forest Service, the best trees for carbon sequestration are those with large trunk diameters and dense wood. It also helps if the trees sport leaves in lieu of needles, so choose a hardwood over a conifer. Choosing the right tree for your property is often challenging and can require a lot of research and knowledge. We'll help you create a tree-care plan that will save you on energy costs and carbon usage.
Most people have trees on their property that are already functioning to some extent, but larger, more-vital trees do a better job of absorbing carbon than small unhealthy trees do. TreeMasters has been making a better future for trees for over 20 years, so contact us to make a plan that will ensure that your trees are the best they can be. Even the strongest of trees are doomed to die someday, and in doing so, spew their carbon back into the atmosphere. It's best to consider keeping the carbon in place (maybe by turning them into lumber or mulch) rather than allowing them to decline and decay. It's hard to make decisions about what's best for your trees: how to help them grow in vitality and vigor, how to protect them from disease and insect infestations, whether or not a tree has a future; we can help you make those choices and then we'll help you create a strategy that works best for you, your property and the environment. Call us today!
“For every tree killed by a bug, 10 more are killed by people.”
If you spend time with arborists, you’re likely to hear some version of this phrase repeated, just based on their experience. When Jeff mentioned it to me, I had a hard time believing it, so I asked him to give me some examples of the ‘wrongs’ he’s seen.
So. What should you do to give your tree the best chance of long-term vitality? Choose the right tree for Northern Indiana. Make sure that it has plenty of space to “branch out” and plan for root expansion. Dig a hole bigger than you’d think you need and fill with good soil. Avoiding Jeff’s list of ‘wrongs’ will help your trees have a happy, healthy life so that you can enjoy them for decades to come!
You can read some tree suggestions and other factors to consider here.
“The net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to ten room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.” —U.S. Department of Agriculture
“A mature tree can often have an appraised value of between $1,000 and $10,000.” —Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers
“In laboratory research, visual exposure to settings with trees has produced significant recovery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by changes in blood pressure and muscle tension.” —Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M University
Many people have lost trees over the last 12 months (or will be removing them this year) because of the extreme weather of 2012 or because of the Emerald Ash Borer. Are those trees worth replacing? I think the question to ask yourself is really, “Are these trees worth replacing TO ME?” What is the value that you’re getting from the trees? Beauty? Shade? Energy savings? Property value?
If you’ve been reading some of our previous postings, you’ll know we’ve been talking about pruning lately. In our experience, a lot of pruning comes from installing the wrong tree or from planting the right tree in the wrong place. As you’re considering trees, please consider the genetics of the tree (How tall does it get? Do the branches tend to grow up or out? Is this tree a single stem or a multi-stem tree?) and also what the location provides (Is this a sunny or a shady spot? Is it near a building or a sidewalk? Does it tend to flood or be dry? What is the soil composition?) Not every tree does well in every spot. We want you to enjoy your tree for years to come and not be fighting location or genetics. Give us a call if you have questions about tree replacement! We want to make a better future for your trees!
Jeff Ling is a Registered Consulting Arborist and Co-Founder of TreeMasters, Inc., a full service arbor-care company, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. TreeMasters provides tree owners with scientific tree management services throughout Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio.