Glorious, Great and Grounded: A Tree Blog

Why You Shouldn't Remove Mature Trees from Your Property Without Careful Thought

If you have just purchased an extensive plot of land which you intend to develop, you may be considering how much of the existing vegetation and tree stock to clear. You may have to get rid of most of the groundcover in order to construct your buildings, but do you need to get rid of all the mature trees as well? This is a question for careful consideration, as there are good reasons for keeping some of the trees within your overall development. What do you need to bear in mind?

Thinking of the Wildlife

Older trees do more than just provide an aesthetic benefit to anybody's property. You may be aware that they provide a valuable service by absorbing harmful carbon dioxide and other airborne pollutants, but these trees can be home to a large number of native Australian species. Some of these, like the black cockatoo, find it so difficult to source adequate nesting areas in suitably mature trees that they are almost extinct as a species.

So many different animals look for hollows in mature trees within which to make their home, to seek shelter and safety or to breed. You may not see them, but they are there, and you could cause considerable issues by removing such trees if you don't really need to.

Can You Cut Back Instead?

Instead of automatically scheduling trees for demolition, why not bring in a professional tree care service to see how they could be cut back, while still maintaining functionality. In doing so, the trees might not impede on the structure that you intend to build and will also provide you with a bit of character to augment the marketing of your project.

How to Compromise

If you find that the tree has to be removed, as you simply cannot proceed otherwise, you should think about trying to provide alternatives for the displaced animals. Get some help from experts in this area and build some nest boxes to try and replicate the space provided by the missing tree. Also, try and plant some smaller trees in areas not occupied by your structures, as well as some native plants that will attract other types of animal onto your property.

How to Proceed

Whatever you plan to do, it's never a good idea to undertake significant cutting, pruning or felling without the help of a qualified arborist. This may involve working at height, and you need to be thinking of safety first.