Determining whether a tree is enhancing or diminishing the value of your property is the key to deciding whether it has shifted from being an asset to a liability. This determination should help decide whether to opt for tree preservation or tree removal.
A tree can enhance the value of your property in two distinct ways. One benefit is aesthetic, as trees can beautify a property and create curb appeal. Trees also enhance value in a practical manner by providing shade, privacy, and wind protection. The value of a properly placed, aesthetically correct mature tree is immeasurable as it often provides both beauty and function while being nearly impossible to replace.
A tree becomes a liability when it detracts from the value of your property. Most tree removal stems from a lack of foresight on the part of landscapers and landscape architects. In order to compensate for a lack of mature trees, many Landscape Architects will over plant a property to give it the look of an established landscape. While this usually starts off beautifully, down the line, the mature trees end up crowded and competing for space. This often leads to poor growth patterns leaving the trees vulnerable to disease and pests. Considering the size of a tree at maturation in relation to the rest of the landscape prior to planting will prevent considerable problems down the line.
Tree removal is often the only option when it becomes cost prohibitive to maintain a tree. This is often the only option when a tree is causing structural damage to a home or building that cannot be easily rectified. This also occurs when a tree is sick, damaged, or structurally weak to the extent that it would be extremely difficult or impossible to correct.
While trees are sometimes removed for aesthetic reasons, it should be considered that tree removal is final and will usually take years of re-growth to replace.