Some Practical Reasons To Remove Healthy Trees, And How Not To Feel Bad About It
It can be hard to make the decision to cut down a healthy tree, especially when it's not threatening your property. But even if you are a devoted champion of trees, there are times when a tree interferes with your quality of life more than it helps it, and getting rid of it is the best solution. Here are some legitimate reasons you might want to remove a tree and how to feel better about it when you do.
You Want the Sunlight
Whether a tree sprouted on its own or a previous homeowner planted it, sometimes its location just isn't ideal. If you have rooms that you want to brighten with natural light and a large tree is blocking it, go ahead and take the tree down. Just because the previous owner liked the shade doesn't mean you have to live in the dark.
Remember that the effect of the tree's shade canopy changes as the tree matures. The person who planted the tree may not have realized that in time it would block sunlight that could warm the house in the winter. You can always replace it with a smaller or differently shaped tree or plant a new tree in a completely different location in your yard.
You Need to Deter Wildlife
As beautiful as they are, deer can be a huge problem in some suburban neighborhoods. Some trees are very attractive to them, especially if they have woody bark or produce fruit or nuts. Not only can deer eat the shrubs and vegetables in your garden, but lots of deer means an increased chance of deer-car collisions in your neighborhood. Deer are also hosts for ticks that carry and spread Lyme disease to humans. Fruit and nut-bearing trees also attract raccoons and rodents like squirrels.
Getting rid of elm, oak, beech and hickory trees can help keep these animals out of your yard. You can still help wildlife by replacing these tasty trees with smooth-barked or fruitless varieties that won't attract deer but will provide a haven for birds.
You Have Allergies
If you are allergic to a flowering tree, there is no need to suffer with it no matter how beautiful or old it is. If you are allergic to bee stings, a tree that drops fruit such as apple or pear can be dangerous because the bees will be all over the soft, juicy fruit on the ground. Old, gnarly apple trees have lots of character and flowering trees can be spectacular, but you don't need to feel bad about getting rid of them when your health is at risk. It's easy enough to replace them with less-allergenic trees to keep your yard interesting.
Sometimes it's hard not to feel guilty about cutting down a healthy, 100-year old tree that isn't threatening your property. If you find yourself feeling bad about removing a tree that has survived for a century (or more), remember that life was different when it was planted and people did not have the same concerns that are prevalent today. If a tree in your yard is interfering with your quality of life and you feel bad about taking it down, talk to a tree service, like Arborcare Tree Service, about possible replacements. You probably won't feel so bad about removing a tree when you plant a new one at the same time.