Planting trees on your property can add value in many ways. A well landscaped property not only looks great, but also appraises for much higher than a property with no landscape value. It is important, however, to consider some important topics when planting new trees. Let’s talk about some general tree planting guidelines;
Space: As a general rule of thumb, trees that grow above 50′ should not be planted near structures, driveways, sidewalks, or other trees. Planting a tree in a place where it will outgrow the space is a first class ticket to an expensive tree removal down the road. Every tree needs the right amount of space for its root system, as well as the tree’s crown. If you plant a large Live Oak tree near the sidewalk, you may encounter a problem when the city finds the sidewalk has been lifted, causing a hazard that you are now responsible for. Most trees should not be planted close to your home, we recommend at least 10′ from the foundation of your home in order for the tree’s root system to not affect your home’s foundation.
Light: Some trees should be planted in the shade, and others should be planted with no impedance of sunlight. Every tree is different, so be sure to know about the specific tree you intend on planting and the space it needs to grow without causing damage. Generally speaking, you don’t want two trees to grow up and compete with sunlight. One tree will likely outgrow the other and cause dead wood to form on the smaller of the two trees. Many contractors end up putting trees in “any old space” that looks good while the trees are young. However, take it from us, you don’t want to deal with an unbalanced landscape after removing a tree that didn’t get the light it needed. On the other hand, some trees don’t do well in direct sunlight, and can become “sunburned” and die. Keep this in mind when you are looking to plant new trees.
Species: The right species of trees can add tremendous value to your home, between $1,000 and $10,000 at maturity according to the CTLA (Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers). Ornamental trees like Jap Maples and dwarf conifer trees can add an aesthetic value to your home without creating a cause for concern. There are trees, however, that can drastically devalue your home and are considered a risk to a new home buyer. The most common types are Holly and Cottonwood. Cottonwood trees are an invasive species and are very brittle. Notorious for creating an abundance of dead wood and hazards, the Cottonwood tree is known and the “tree climber killer” as the wood is brittle and unpredictable.
Remember that each tree needs to be cared for on a regular basis. Young trees can be trained to grow in the healthiest patterns, and mature trees need to be cleaned of dead wood and hazards. The timing for tree maintenance varies depending on the growth pattern of the tree and the amount of light and water it is receiving.
If you would like help planting new trees on your property, give us a call!