Removing a tree from your yard can be a big decision, especially since a tree is alive and provides many benefits to you and the environment. A tree in your yard can also have many disadvantages, depending on where it is growing, what type of tree it is, or if it is diseased. Here are some aspects to consider about a tree's benefits and detriments before you choose to cut it down.
What Drawbacks Does a Tree Have?
As you consider removing a tree from your yard, you usually do so because of any negative aspects the tree brings to your yard. One of the first reasons you may consider cutting down a tree is because it is growing over your roof, against your home, or into nearby power lines. The safety and protection of your home and family is a high priority, and when a tree threatens that safety, it is best to get recommendations from a professional tree service for trimming or removing the tree.
When a tree in your yard is showing signs of disease in its limbs, leaves, or trunk, it may be necessary to remove it from your yard. First, talk to an arborist to see if the tree can be saved; otherwise, you can hire a professional tree service to safely remove the tree. By allowing a diseased and dying tree to remain in your yard, you are risking the chance of the tree dying and falling during severe weather while its branches are weakened. You are also risking the chance of the tree spreading the disease to nearby trees.
Next, if a tree in your yard produces a chemical that harms your yard's landscaping and garden, such as the black walnut tree, it may be best to consider removing it. The black walnut tree's roots, buds, and nut hulls release the chemical juglone, which can cause some plants and trees growing nearby to wilt and die. Some trees affected by this chemical include pine, apple, and pear. The chemical from the black walnut tree can also kill any tomato, pepper, potato, cabbage, and rhubarb plants, and blackberry and raspberry bushes you may have growing in your yard.
What Benefits Does a Tree Offer You?
One of the first benefits you may consider about a tree growing in your yard is its beauty and aesthetics it adds to your yard. Healthy, mature, well-placed trees in your yard can enhance your yard's landscaping and your home, increasing your property's value, especially if the tree bears edible fruit. Then, consider how many years the tree has taken to grow to its size. Some larger trees can take four to five decades to grow to their full height and maturity, so you would be losing all that growth time by cutting it down.
A tree in your yard is also beneficial to the environment you live in. A tree can absorb up to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide each year from the air. By the time a tree is 40 years old, it will have pulled one ton of carbon dioxide from the air.
Next, consider the shade a tree provides in your yard and to your home. A backyard full of shade-providing trees can bring enjoyment for you and your family during the summer months. Trees placed around your home can also shade your home to keep it more cool in the summer, lowering your home's energy use by up to 25 percent. Choose to keep optimally-positioned shade trees around your yard planted due west of west windows and due east of east windows, and are planted within twenty feet of the window, growing at least ten feet taller than the window. Keeping trees positioned in such a manner will provide the best summer shading to your home, allowing the sun to heat your home in the winter. And any tree providing shade over your home's air conditioner unit can increase its efficiency by ten percent.
Consider these two important aspects to help you decide when to remove and when you should try to keep a yard tree. Contact a company like Smitty's Tree Service Inc for more information.