Common areas of your homeowner’s association are one of the largest and most valuable amenities of living in a neighborhood. Landscaping and trees add to the beauty and enjoyment of these areas. Healthy trees are a valuable and significant asset to the community. Trees require careful management to add value to your community. In today’s blog, we discuss why proper tree care is essential to the health of your trees and your neighborhood.
Five Key Reasons why tree care is important in your HOA:
- Proper pruning year to year allows you to control how the trees grow and saves you money in the long run. In a master-planned community, putting in place an annual tree maintenance plan allows you the opportunity to control the overall look of the trees in the long run. Tree trimming that begins when a tree is young and is performed annually allows the arborist to train the canopy of the trees to look its best for the area in which it was planted. Annual trimming also is much more cost-effective than coming in after the trees are overgrown and trying to get them back into the proper shape and remove overgrowth.
- Trees are an asset to your property; proper tree care protects this for the community. HOA members want to know that their community is being properly cared for and the trees are a big part of this aesthetic. We all know the value a mature tree adds to your home and your homeowner’s association is no exception. Making sure that all the trees owned by the HOA are properly cared for means providing a well-maintained community and added value to all homes in the HOA.
- Heavy canopies are more susceptible to storm damage because the heavy canopy catches the wind more than a properly trimmed tree. During wind and rain events, these canopies can cause the loss of large, mature trees. Regular inspection of trees is advised to keep this from happening. A large tree canopy can pose a significant risk to property and people.
- Safety is key. Dead branches and trees should be removed to protect people and property. Broken and dangling limbs that fall on a resident or private property can cause significant injury and damage. Any branches, limbs or trees that are a safety risk should be removed from walkways and common areas immediately.
- Tree limbs or branches shouldn’t be close to a home or obstruct access to or from buildings. Trees encroaching on homes or buildings can cause damage to both and need to be trimmed to protect property. A regular tree pruning program will keep trees away from homes and buildings and avoid any damage that the HOA would be liable for.
The common areas of an HOA are spaces that homeowners enjoy regularly. Working with a certified arborist to create inviting areas that add value and enjoyment to the community is an important function of the HOA. The team at Embark Services is ready to work with your board to develop a long-term tree care plan to ensure the trees that are the HOA’s responsibility add both value to the community and are safe for all common areas to be enjoyed. Let’s plan your HOA tree evaluation today.