Removing a tree from your yard can be a good choice for the local environment. The following illustrates a few of the instances when taking out a tree is the greener choice.
1. Decrease Home Energy Use
Trees growing in the wrong place can make it more expensive to heat or cool your home. For example, evergreens that block out winter sunlight lead to a heavily shaded home that requires more energy to heat during the winter. An overly dense planting of short trees may block breezes from cooling a home in summer while providing insufficient shade to reduce cooling costs overall. Removing these trees can decrease energy bills and give you the opportunity to put in better-suited trees.
2. Save Water In The Yard
Some tree species require a lot of water. Cottonwoods and willow trees are two examples of species that often end up in the home landscape but suck as much moisture from the soil as possible so they can thrive. Not only does this make it harder to keep the rest of the yard properly watered, but it can also lead to water overuse in areas that are prone to droughts and water shortages. Remove the trees that are water hogs so you can replace them with native species that can survive on much less water.
3. Prevent Invasive Species
There are two invasive species concerns with landscape trees. It's not uncommon for non-native trees to be brought to a region for their beauty or easy care, only for their seeds to escape into the wild where they become a problem for native species. The other issue is when invasive insects or diseases are drawn to a specific tree, as is the case with Dutch elm disease. Removing the problem tree is necessary to protect both the other trees in your yard as well as the local ecosystem.
4. Protect Neighboring Trees
A common landscaping error is to plant trees and shrubs too close together so that the yard looks more filled out. Then, as these trees mature, they begin to crowd each other out. This leads to all sorts of problems, as overcrowding can result in more pest issues, weak growth, and a greater likelihood of falling trees and dropped branches. Thinning out the landscaping by removing a few trees will result in better health for those trees that are chosen to remain. Maintenance of the remaining trees will also be easier.
Contact a tree removal service for more information.