Why Tree Removal is Essential for a Healthy Yard: Tips from Experts
Perfectly maintained trees can add value to your home and top off an already stunning curb appeal. But the reverse can happen when trees become problematic, riddled with disease, infestation, or damage.
The expert arborists at Brents Tree Service have worked with virtually all kinds of trees, presenting a wide array of unique issues. Over the years, we’ve learned that tree removal is the only option in many cases and is, in fact, essential to maintaining a healthy yard.
If you're a property owner and on the fence about removing one or more trees from your yard, continue reading below to learn more about how it can benefit your yard.
Tree Removal Can Save Nearby Trees
Is your tree dead or on the brink of death due to fungus, disease, or infestation? Are there one or more surrounding trees that are otherwise healthy? As expert arborists, we highly encourage you to have the problematic tree removed before the problems spread to nearby vegetation.
Trees are intelligent plants with complex ways of communicating with their surrounding family. In addition to communicating messages, they can also spread disease by losing infected leaves and branches that make their way into another tree’s orbit. What’s worse, when fungal infections and pathogens penetrate the roots of one tree, they can easily spread to surrounding roots. From there, they move up the trunk and ultimately infect the other tree from root to tip.
Ultimately, diseased trees can wreak havoc on other trees and impact the health of your yard if the proper actions aren’t taken to remove them. That said, we don’t recommend handling the removal yourself. Removing trees of any size is inherently dangerous and should always be left to exert arborists.
Unhealthy Trees = Decreased Property Value
Did you know that yard trees are included in valuing Texas property values? Trees act as a barrier from the scorching heat and provide valuable shade. Many prospective buyers look to yards with full-grown and filled-out trees as a beautiful feature of their future homes. That’s why removing a tree that no longer provides shade or acts as a beautiful centerpiece will help maintain a healthy yard and high property value.
Imagine that you don’t mind leaving a dead tree in your yard because you're satisfied with your property value and the tree presents no functional issues (that you call tell). However, a dead tree loses much of its original beauty, so it’s no longer offering you the aesthetic appeal that makes trees such an integral part of property value. Of course, it’s no longer providing any shade, either.
What you may not realize is how this dead tree appears to everyone else. A dead tree is never a sign of good health, and many buyers might be concerned about the potential hazard of the tree in the yard and the cost of removing it.
So, if your Texas property has one or more not-so-healthy trees residing on it, don’t overlook the importance of removing it if the property value is important to you or if you plan to sell in the future.
Underground Utility Lines Can Become an Unintended Target
Do you know what powers your home and keeps the water running? It's the underground utility lines. But what happens when they become compromised? Well, it's not pretty or cheap.
When gas, water, and electric lines are installed directly below your home or yard, they’re prone to becoming damaged from roots that grow deep below the surface level in search of a water source. Now, it's important to note that it can take decades for some trees to extend their roots many meters below your property. However, you could face this issue if you purchased a used home with old trees.
While we understand it's impossible to know just how far down your tree's roots have grown, consider your tree species to get an idea of how invasive its root growth could be. Here is a list of some of Texas' most notorious tree species known for their invasive roots:
- Chinese Tallow
- Red-Tipped Photinia
- Tree of Heaven
While all these trees are stunning and value-boosting add-ons to any yard, their invasive nature can cause extensive and costly damage to utility lines as well as pavement and building foundations.
The Rise of New Natural Vegetation for a Healthier Yard
When you remove one thing, another will replace it. When dead or diseased trees are removed from your property, it will ignite the growth of new, healthy, and lively vegetation.
If your tree is unsightly or filled with a detectable infestation, it inadvertently cultivates an unhealthy yard. However, removing a parasitic tree leaves an open space where new grass and other plants will grow to fill the gap.
If you prefer something more than just a new patch of grass, you can replace the space with a new tree, plants, flowers, or garden once the area is cleaned and free from deteriorating trees. Adding a garden isn’t only an attractive option, it's also an effective way to make your property more biodiverse, which helps all surrounding vegetation and the environment at large.
Remove Your Tree for a Healthier Tomorrow
We can understand that the process of removing a dead or dying tree from your yard might seem tedious, costly, and overall useless if the tree appears to be posing no harm. However, we encourage you to consider the undetected issues that might be growing under the surface and how quickly an unhealthy tree can become a hazard in inclement weather.
As expert arborists, we’re well-versed in knowing when it’s time for a tree to be safely removed. If you enjoyed reading our thoughts and advice on tree removal and would like to learn more about what we do, we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch with Brents Tree Service at (512) 310-8789 for our advice and tips on tree removal and all other aspects of tree care.