The Shady Backyard: Why You Should Think Twice

Apple treeWhile you dream home might mean a big tree in the yard, you might want to think twice before you decide. Big trees can either be a plus or a negative. They can bring you money if it’s the right tree – whether you sell the home or the tree. But, you should be prepared for the problems it could also bring.

1. Big trees can be dangerous.

Having a big tree in the yard is a double-edged sword. Trees can offer an investment and raise the value of your home by $1,000 to $10,000, while also reducing your heat and cooling bills, creating clean air, improving your attitude, and helping curb appeal. On the other hand, they can be a huge liability the bigger they are. There could be rotting issues that lead to property damage and bodily harm.

2. It’ll need an extra inspection.

If you ever decide to sell a house with a tree or buy one, it’ll need an extra inspection by an arborist. They will spot any illness, determine if it needs trimming, and eye potential pitfalls. They’ll ultimately help determine if it’s an asset or liability. Arborists can charge anywhere from free to $75 for their services.

3. Prepare for a mess.

Wherever you live, be ready to dedicate a half-dozen fall afternoons to raking. Pine trees will leave needles behind, while branches can fall on houses and cars. If it causes damage, it could be a painful expense to repair. Trimming costs to maintain a tee can be about $200 and go up to $1,000 for larger trees.

4. Some trees have to go.

Keep an eye out for any trees that might need removal. Look for insect holes, and stay away from trees with vertical fractures, are uprooted, or have a prominent lean.

5. Root Problems

Big trees are usually old trees, who can come with wandering roots. Roots expand and grow as the tree looks for nutrients and water. They can grow three times farther than foliage and cause a problem if the roots pop through the ground or into structures, pavements, pipes, and utility service lines. Whatever the case, it could lead to a costly fix.

6. Big trees can attract mosquitos and pests

If you’re not quick about cleaning your gutters, piled up leaves can create pockets of water which attracts mosquitos. Also, if your branches are touching the siding on your home or roof, it can serve as a bridge for pests like ants and termites.

7. There’s such a thing as too much shade

Having too much shade over your gardens or grass can dramatically affect its success, With the lack of light, the plants can’t grow properly.

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