The Value of Trees

Did you know that Trees can add as much as 27% to the value of your home? They can reduce your cooling costs by 50% and if used as a wind break, cut heating costs by 30%. Here are some helpful tips that can help you get the most out of your growing investment.

Hire a Certified Arborist and Reputable Tree Care Company - Consult with a Certified Arborist to review your trees.   Some in the tree industry may have years of experience, but haven’t taken the time or care to become certified in arboriculture.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified tree care professionals are trained in soil management, tree identification and selection, tree installation and establishment, safe work practices, tree biology, pruning standards, diagnosis and treatment, urban forestry, protection and preservation, and tree risk management. Once certified, ISA Certified Arborists are required to maintain their certification with continuing education.

Hire a reputable, licensed tree care company to perform the work. Contractors are required by law to be licensed and are regulated by the Contractor’s State License Board which has jurisdiction to investigate complaints against contractors.

Review Trees Annually - Annual reviews will help identify current or future issues with your trees. Getting an early start on treatments for insects and/or disease, could reduce future costs and possible loss of these valuable assets.

Ask your Arborist for written recommendations and a pruning schedule so you can plan and budget for necessary maintenance. You may find during the annual review that pruning and treatments can be skipped on some years.

Timing Your Tree Services - Trees require different things at different times. Some require winter pruning and some need pruning in summer so trimmers can see the dead material that is to be removed. Winter tends to be the best time for effective, systemic insecticide control for aphids and whitefly; while spring and summer is best for control of beetle infestation. Your certified arborist can suggest the best time to prune and treat for the most beneficial practices for your trees.

Keeping records of the historical pruning and treatment maintenance of your tree care will serve as a great reference to the overall health and care of your trees. If purchasing a property, ask for the tree service records from the property owner. This will aid in making sure no gaps in services occur. Ideally, it will give you a history of who provided the care for your trees and past issues the trees may have had.

Resources Available to You – The Western Garden Book is an inexpensive resource for homeowners and property managers. This book lists tree and plant types, and tells what plant material work in which zones and climates. The websites Treesaregood.org and TCIA.org are also great resources. Most importantly, build a relationship with a certified arborist you trust. Don’t be afraid to meet with a few reputable tree care companies and get multiple estimates to make the best choice for yourself and your valuable trees.