A survey of residential property owners was conducted to understand how residents view trees, and the benefits they provide to the environment. The survey asked 21 questions pertaining to general information, the management of trees and other landscape features on the property, and interactions with local government agencies. The responses were recorded using an online form or a tablet computer, and were confirmed by field staff.
Performing regular maintenance on your trees is crucial for several reasons. Not only do they produce better flowers, fruit, and leaves, but they also add to the curb appeal of your property. Also, healthy trees tend to grow back stronger and more vigorously than those that are diseased. Proper pruning can also ensure safety. Several tree species can only be pruned during certain months of the year, which means it is important to work with a qualified arborist to ensure the tree is pruned and healthy.
It is important to note that there are over 800 species of trees in the U.S., and not all of them are suitable for residential properties. Many people choose trees based on their aesthetic appeal, or because they believe they will increase the property’s value. When selecting a tree, you should also consider its growing requirements and maintenance requirements.
Soil quality is essential for trees. Soil compaction and poor drainage can affect the health of your trees. Soil testing is available at your local county extension office and is important for selecting the right tree species. The pH of your soil is also an important factor. Soil-tolerant species are those that can tolerate the soil’s pH level.
Additionally, trees can save you money on energy bills. Shade from tall trees, for example, allows homeowners to open windows early in the morning, which reduces the amount of heating needed. The same goes for wind-control, where trees help direct wind air away from the house. In fact, a tree near a home can reduce energy bills by four percent or more each month.
Regardless of the type of tree, you should plant it in the right location to reap maximum benefits in summer and winter. This will maximize the benefits of the shade and minimize your heating bills. In addition, planting trees on the east and west sides of a home will minimize the amount of winter sunlight that hits the windows and roof. This is especially important if you live in an area that experiences cold winters. In winter, a coniferous windbreak can reduce your energy bills.
Keeping animals away from trees is important for the health of your trees. Animal waste adds harmful compounds to soil, and repeated animal traffic compacts the soil. Additionally, animals can injure trees by chewing the bark. In particular, dogs and horses can be particularly damaging to trees if tied to them. In addition to eating the bark of trees, they can also damage the soil that supports them.