When performing basic tree care, there are some situations that warrant keeping a specimen off a tree removal list. Knowing when to leave a tree intact helps ensure a healthy landscape.
A Desirable Species
Some types of trees are less desirable than others due to their lack of strength, shallow root systems, susceptibility to disease, invasiveness, and the amount of debris they drop. However, many native trees are important to protect from removal due to their role in the regional ecology. A tree professional may recommend leaving these species intact.
Room to Grow
Allowing a tree to grow to its full size is optimal for its overall health. As long as a tree has the height and breadth it needs without encroaching on other plants or structures, it’s usually best to allow it to continue to grow.
Historic or Sentimental Value
Because trees often live for many decades, they can develop rich histories among their surroundings. Plants with an iconic history or with sentimental value should be spared removal to keep these memories intact. A professional should assess a historic tree to determine the appropriate tree care and pruning plan and keep it healthy for many more years to come.
Increased Property Value
A well-maintained and preserved landscape will increase the value of a home when it comes time to sell. Large and carefully maintained trees can create comfort and shade both inside and outside the home, acting as a windbreak in the cold months and saving on energy costs in the warm months. If a tree can be saved by the proper pruning and care, then it is often wise to avoid removal.
Comprehensive tree care will help determine which species to place on a tree removal list and which ones can be spared.