January 19, 2015 - Posted by: The Tree Doctor
A lost tree is a loss of its contribution in storm water management, noise reduction, wildlife habitat and other benefits to the local ecology. Remember that as you continue to monitor your trees' health this winter!
Read the following blog post from Jason Gaskill, sales arborist for Davey's King of Prussia tree services, ISA certifed arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. Gaskill's piece was originally published on the Community Associations Institute Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter's website.
During the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, we all felt the wrath of one of North America’s most frigid winters ever in more ways than one. We experienced frozen pipes, strained backs from shoveling snow, lost productivity and income, and damage to valuable landscape assets. Like us, trees and shrubs also experienced this harsh winter. If nothing else, last winter’s tough lessons can translate into better preparedness for this year’s cold.
Many of you saw the damage throughout the region; trees suffered downed limbs and broken tops or were uprooted entirely—sometimes falling and causing property damage. Nary a neighborhood went unaffected by fallen branches, toppled trees, or a combination of both. Many homeowner associations and communities that were already digging further into their budgets to cover the cost of excess snow removal suddenly needed to pay for emergency tree services, cleanup and landscape repair projects.
You might ask, do trees lost to severe weather events need to be replaced? Research has shown that trees contribute much more than just shade, oxygen and aesthetics. A lost tree is a loss of its contribution in storm water management, noise reduction, wildlife habitat and other benefits to the local ecology. There is an emotional response trees solicit within us, the loss of which can be detrimental to a property’s value. Davey research shows that one tree in a front yard adds as much as one percent to the value of a home. Considering a tree’s value now, would we all not consider taking care of those assets? Tree care is budget protection and it’s cheaper to maintain a tree than it is to replace a poorly maintained tree lost to a winter storm.