Like people, all trees are different. Some trees may need more maintenance than others. Some will live long healthy lives, while others may only last a few short years. This page is meant to shed light on both sides of the tree planting spectrum; the positive and the negative. Please take the time to read over this page to see if a new tree is right for you.
Trees can be aesthetically pleasing through a number of special aspects. The obvious 1 being the awesome color it can provide during the autumn season. Smaller ornamental trees and even some large trees can provide an aromatic smell in early spring while the flowers are blooming. The flowers also provide a great color in early spring. The fruit can be aesthetically pleasing and attract different wildlife, such as birds and squirrels. Some trees, such as Picea pungens (Colorado spruce) can provide a beautiful color all year long.
Trees can increase the value of a property if cared for the right way. This would include regular watering during the first 2 to 3 years of the tree being planted and routine pruning throughout the trees life.
As a tree matures and gains more leaves in its crown, it can provide a cooler environment during those hot summer days. Depending on the location of the tree, it can also provide energy savings for your home. Although every location is different, there have been studies that show how trees can save money over time (USDA's Northeast Community Tree Guide).
And last but not least, there is the sweet gratification of planting a new tree. Seeing a tree grow over the years can provide a sense of satisfaction that people of all ages can relate to.
If a tree is not cared for with routine pruning the tree can become aesthetically unappealing, dangerous, and even decrease the value of a property.
The tree can become another unwanted obstacle in the way of mowing and weed whacking. Especially during the trees first 3-5 years, it is very important that the trees trunk not get damage. Open wounds can make the already young and weak tree susceptible to disease.
If the tree does make it past the first few years, it will start producing more leaves and more fruit which in turn means more to clean up on a yearly basis. And if the tree grows for 20 to 30 plus years, then there is always the possibility of storm damage. While all storm damage cannot be prevented, routine pruning can greatly increase a trees structure. Removing dead or broken branches and removing limbs that have weak crotches is a great way to maintain a trees healthy structure.
The routine maintenance and care for the tree in the early years all adds up to time and money. While the money spent on a tree's maintenance can be far less than lawn up keep and be minimal when looked at over a long period of time, this could be another expense that you are not willing to pay.