Research has shown that trees can increase your property value. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of street trees raised home values by an average of $7,000 in certain neighborhoods. When planted and maintained by Certified Arborists, street trees can bring both beauty and value to neighborhoods for decades or even centuries.
In recent polls, good looking and tall trees were rated as top characteristics of a “good street”, but what makes a good street tree?
Here are some characteristics of good street trees:
Moderate Growth – Fast growing trees may present problems with controlling maintenance in addition to having shorter life-spans with weaker wood. A slow growing or moderately growing tree, such as a maple or dogwood, will have longer life-spans and stronger wood.
Type of Wood – Since street trees will experience elements such as car exhaust, sand, and in some cities salt, the wood has to be hard or tough so that the tree can withstand such foreign environmental elements.
Longevity – Trees such as Live Oaks, Maples, and Elms are good street trees because of their longevity. In addition to longevity, the longer the life of a tree can equate to potentially higher resistance of disease.
Deep Roots – Since street trees are close to roads, sidewalks, and driveways, it is important to have a tree with a deep root system so that the roots don’t disrupt the pavement. In addition, with deep roots, the tree will be less likely to be damaged with any road maintenance.
Street trees can be majestic additions to any neighborhood. Make sure that your street trees are “good street trees” so that their beauty can be admired for decades to come.
After all, “The best friend on Earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources of the Earth.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
If you are interested in adding trees to your property, or to have your existing mature trees maintained to maximize their health and longevity, contact the Certified Arborists of Embark Services. They can work with you properly prune and maintain your trees so they thrive in all weather conditions. In addition, Embark Services offers a wide range of other landscape maintenance services, including irrigation system installation and repair, seasonal color and mulching, deep root fertilization and insect and tree disease management. Contact the Landscape Professionals and Certified Arborists of Embark Services today, or request a free consultation.