The Environmental Impact of Tree Removal: Balancing Property Safety with Ecosystem Health
When we look in our yard we see simply that— a yard. There is grass we mow, flowers we prune, and hedges we keep trimmed. This is true. It is all those things! But it is also an entire ecosystem. Don’t forget that ants, bees, worms, birds, and a million other organisms keep all your plants and vegetation alive and well. Sun and rain only do some of the work. All of it connects to the ecosystem that is the yard around your home.
Your Yard is an Ecosystem
Removing a Tree and Its Effects on the Ecosystem
So if we look at it as an ecosystem, how can we best cater to it being a thriving thing instead of just a— well— yard ornament?
The first thing you can do is to think about the products you use in your yard. Many people spray for fleas and ticks to help protect their animals and family members while outdoors. If you have patios and fire pits, odds are you like to spray mosquito repellents. All of this can still be done! Today we have many brands to choose from. Choose products that are nontoxic, and safe for pets and children. Remember that you are still outdoors, and you won’t be able to eliminate bugs and the environment. Certain plants like mint and rosemary have been known to repel bugs and other critters, so consider planting or potting these helpful plants in your hangout area for an eco-friendly bug-off.
What about downing a tree? What kind of economic impact does that have?
Trees hold and house numerous bugs, birds, squirrels, and food for every one of them. They also pull pollution from the air and replace it with clean oxygen. All of this is good, and all of this we want to keep if we can. Tree roots also play a large role in the water drainage in your yard. Trees soak up and move a lot of water, so take into consideration what will happen with water in that area before it’s removed.
Now, if this tree is dangerous, you should always opt to have it removed. You never want to leave a tree or limb that it hanging, breaking, or in danger of breaking. The tree or limb will fall eventually, and it would be best to have professionals remove it than for it to come down on your roof in the middle of a rain storm.
Sick trees. How do you know if a tree is sick?
Call an arborist! Arborists will be able to assess your tree and tell you if it’s sick, diseased, or perfectly healthy. If the tree is fine and isn’t in danger of harming anything, you can bet that your yard will be better with it. The shade it provides and the water it carries with its roots will help that grass stay fresh and green through the hot months.
If your tree is sick, an arborist will be able to tell you what, if anything, you can do to treat it. Depending on the problem, they may recommend removing it. If this is the case, chop it down (call a professional), and pick the perfect place to plant a new, young tree. Just because you cut one down doesn’t mean you can’t put another one somewhere else.
If you have a dangerous limb or a sick and dying tree, call Cutrite tree services to get it down and out of your way quickly and easily. Cutrite’s crew is seasoned and experienced and wants to help you keep your yard and ecosystem in the best of health. While they’re removing the tree, you can be out looking at new trees to watch them grow and strengthen the ecosystem in your yard!