Greenhouses, nurseries, and countless real estate investment sources will sing the praises of having trees in your landscaping. While there are many benefits to having trees, including a nice boost to the value of your home or investment property, there are some negatives that should be considered as well. If you’re improving your own home to increase equity or against an eventual sale, these cons are not such a big consideration; however, if you’re planning on re-selling there may be some issues you haven’t thought about.
First, if you are planning on planting deciduous trees, consider that some buyers may not appreciate the prospect of having to rake leaves every fall. If there are plenty of deciduous trees in adjacent properties, this may not be a consideration as any homeowner in the area will have to rake leaves whether it’s their tree or not.
Many types of attractive trees will also attract possibly unwanted wildlife. Insects are the most commonly attracted creature, and the least welcome near homes. Birds are greatly appreciated by the bird-watching enthusiast, but the homeowner with a spotless classic car may not appreciate their presence. Research what your prospective tree attracts and try to plan accordingly.
The level of maintenance varies with each tree. If you’re considering a tree for an investment property, consider one that requires as little maintenance as possible. Virtually maintenance-free trees can be an extra selling point when the property goes on the market. Most homeowners have limited time and expertise regarding tree health, so the hardier the tree, the better it is for investment.
Finally, trees that throw a lot of shade will cause yellow or bald spots in a sun-loving lawn. When a new tree is planted, be sure to seed around it with a good shade mix grass seed to ensure you do not have this issue when the tree gets bigger. Eventually, there may be additional lawn issues as the tree gets larger and shades larger portions of ground.