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The Benefits of Trees

The benefits of trees are vast, making the addition of a tree or two to your property a valuable investment.  Perhaps your backyard offers little shade; planting a tree would be a great way to add shade and aesthetic.  The benefits of trees range from increase privacy, increased property value, and lowered heating and cooling costs.

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Lower your monthly cooling and heating costs with the addition of one or more trees, when re-vamping your backyard!  The tree’s shade will be a welcome relief when hosting barbeques and outdoor family parties, as well as act as a windbreak, lowering your heating costs during the winter.

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Raise the property value of your home up to 20% just by adding trees to your landscape.  Variables such as size, condition, species, and placement of the tree all play a part in determining the amount your property value will increase.  Westchester Tree Life’s certified staff of arborists are happy to assist you in mapping out which trees would work best for you.  Our team of tree specialists can also assist you in caring for your tree to ensure a long and healthy life expectancy.

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Add privacy to your home without the installment of a fence!  Placing trees strategically around your home or business can assist in creating a visual barrier as well as a sound barrier.  The added privacy will create a more personal environment for you to enjoy.

These are only a few of the benefits of trees.  Your tree will improve air quality, reduce stormwater runoff and house a variety of wildlife.  Interested in adding a tree or to to your home’s exterior?  Call Westchester Tree Life today!

 

Planting a Tree

There are a few things to consider before you begin the process of planting a tree.  Trees are aesthetically-pleasing additions to the exterior of your home of business, and can give your property value a little boost.  To properly plant a tree, we recommend you consider the following things:

1)  What are your goals?

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The maple tree is a favorite perch of the goldfinch.

Are you planting your new tree to gain privacy without blocking yourself off from neighbors with a fence?  Are you introducing a new tree onto your property because you are interested in attracting certain birds or looking to create a sound barrier?  Before you begin mapping out all of the fun details of planting a tree, we recommend you consider your goals.  Acknowledging your goals will make choosing a location and a tree-type easier, and ultimately make your project more successful.

2)  Location is key!

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Though location seems like an obvious factor, we urge you to think deeper, more to the root of the problem, if you will.  Tree roots need adequate amounts of space to grow and develop, so try to choose a location with ample room for your tree to flourish.  Avoid planting a tree underneath or around powerlines and telephone lines; placing a tree too close to a building will also cause future issues for both the tree growth and possibly the building and its patrons.

NOTE:  We advise contacting your utility company to mark the location of any underground lines which may come in contact with your newly planted tree.  You may be held accountable for any damage done to such lines.

3)  Follow proper planting procedure.

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We understand, planting a new tree is exciting!  Though the idea of just digging a hole and setting your new tree up for success is enticing, following proper planting procedure for your tree is the best bet.  Take weather conditions into consideration; trees are best planted during times of low wind, cloudy, and slightly cool but not humid.  If you are unsure of the proper temperament by which your tree should be planted, ask an arborist at Westchester Tree Life to assist you!  We would be happy to help you plant your new tree and set it up for success!

How To Spot A Dangerous Tree

Knowing how to spot a dangerous tree may help prevent property damage or injury.  A healthy, mature tree can account for a minimum of 10% of your property value.  Westchester Tree Life is here to assist you in keeping your trees healthy and vibrant.  Call Westchester Tree Life as soon as you spot a dangerous tree.

Here is our guide to explain how to spot a dangerous tree:

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Spotting a dangerous tree can prevent injury and property damage.

1.  Crown Symptoms:  Dead Wood & Broken Branches

First, inspect your tree for dead wood.  Dead wood, or dead branches, tend to be barren; if there are leaves on the dead branches, the leaves will be brown.  If the branch has been dead for a long time, it will be stripped of it’s bark.  Checking the “V” where your tree’s branches connect to the trunk for signs of weakness is also important when searching for dead wood.

2.  Decay

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Places on you tree’s trunk where there is no bark can indicate a dead section of the tree or a fungus attack.  Once you have noticed that your tree has been affected by decay, call Westchester Tree Life to assess your tree’s health.

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Mushroom-like fungal growth sitting on or near your tree’s trunk is an indication of decay.  To determine if your tree is in danger of falling, or infected with decay, reach out to Westchester Tree Life’s Team of professional arborists!

3.  Cracks & Divisions

Broken Tree Branch Westchester Tree LifeSearching for cracks and divisions is a key when assessing your tree’s health.  The entire tree is susceptible to breaking if there is a damaging enough crack in the trunk.  A professional arborist is able to determine how extensive the damage is, and create a plan of action for your tree.

4.  Root Problems

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Your tree’s health begins in the foundation of the tree’s roots.  A tree is held up and supported by anchoring roots, which are thick and large, while the smaller roots of the tree absorb water and nutrients from the soil.  Ensuring your tree has a healthy root system is key in maintaining a healthy tree.

5.  Leaning

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If your tree is leaning to one side, it may be a result of a root problem.  If the anchoring roots are rotted, they may be lifting from the soil due to weakness.

Do you think you may have a dangerous tree around the vicinity of your home or business?  Westchester Tree Life, located in Chappaqua, New York is here to help!

Call us today:  (914) 238-0069