Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Garden & Landscape | Posted on 24-10-2014
If you have just purchased a new home, there are many features you may be considering updating or renovating altogether. One of these features is likely to be the landscaping in your yard. While your taste and sense of style may vary significantly from the previous owners’, it is a big decision to remove pre-existing landscaping to replace it with something else. Some plants, flowers and bushes can be dug up and replanted elsewhere if they do not fit your landscaping design aesthetic. However, if you have trees in your new yard, they may not be able to be transplanted, and it can be a difficult decision to uproot and remove a beautiful and healthy tree. To help you make your decision, consider the questions below.
Does It Create Shade?
One of the many reasons people plant trees in their yard is to create shade to enjoy on a warm day or to shade the home to help increase energy efficiency. A series of properly planted trees can reduce your in-home temperature by up to nine degrees on warm spring and summer days. The trees would need to be tall enough and close enough to your home to provide proper shade for energy efficiency. They shouldn’t be so close, however, that the roots will damage the foundation of your home as the trees continue to grow over the years.
Does It Support Local Agriculture?
Before deciding to remove pre-existing trees, find out what kind of tree it is if that supports local agriculture. This could be a tree that is rare and endangered or a tree that is a welcoming home to endangered birds and other small wildlife.
Has It Been Well Maintained?
Another deciding factor in whether or not you should keep or remove pre-existing a tree is whether it has been well maintained. A tree that has been allowed to overgrow or is showing signs of disease can help you in determining if you have the time and resources to nurse it back to health and then maintain it. If the tree has been well maintained, make sure you understand what kind of ongoing maintenance is required to keep the tree healthy and strong.
Does It Create Curb Appeal?
There are many reasons to add or change your landscaping, many of which are related to curb appeal. Even if a tree is healthy, well maintained and beautiful, it may not fit the rest of the plans you have for your landscaping. Before deciding to keep, replace or remove a tree, think of how it will fit with the rest of your landscaping goals. If you are not able to visualize how it will look with the other changes you plan on making to your yard, consider keeping the tree until the rest of the changes have been implemented before making your decision.
When making your decision, also keep in mind the impact that trees, shrubs and plants have on reducing emissions and local pollution. While removing a couple trees in your yard may not seem as if it would have much of an impact, the culmination of citizens throughout your community and across the world that plant one more tree here and there has a great impact on the environment.
Gregory Kittles is a freelance writer who focuses on home improvement and gardening. Fellow gardeners interested in maintaining a clean and orderly landscape at home should visit biolandscape.com/tree-pruning.