Studies have shown that besides trees delivering the daily oxygen we seek to survive, it raises property value drastically.  The U.S. Forrest Service estimates that home market values are 7-20% higher in value, and commercial areas, where businesses have trees, have found to have 20% higher income streams than those without trees.  The city also plants trees to provide safe and pleasant pedestrian environments, cool the urban landscape, improve storm water management, provide wildlife habitat, and mitigate climate change.

Choosing the right tree to plant and proper maintenance are critical to conserving water.  Planting a tree correctly, at grade, and with no organic material in the backfill will enable a healthy growth.  Some species adapt well to the surrounding environment.  Also, one must consider the ultimate height and spread of the tree.

In urban landscape areas, the presence of trees conflicts with overhead power lines. Electricity is conveyed through power lines at high voltages.  The high voltage electric current can arc out if grounded by a tree, resulting in a possible interruption of service or a potential fire.  Usually, trees that are located near power lines or other obstructions tend to be more expensive to maintain.

When trees are not properly maintained, they can become a liability to property owners.  However, the costs for the maintenance of a tree cannot compare to the imminent hazards to a person or property.  Property owners would have a much greater incentive not to plant trees directly under power lines or plant shorter trees that are less likely to cause problems.  Thus, maintaining your tree is crucial to prevent potential hazards and higher expenses.

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Tree’s and Potential Hazards

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