A recent study by the National Association of REALTORS® found that many prospective homebuyers consider the amount of trees on a property as a major selling point. In fact, 18 percent of repeat buyers and 25 percent of new buyers said that being on a wooded lot—or one with numerous trees—was important to them.
That’s why it’s critical for sellers to make sure the trees on their property are in good shape, a task that can typically be handled without calling in the pros.
The first thing you’ll want to take care of is pruning. While the Arbor Day Foundation notes that healthy growth comes after pruning while dormant—suggesting that pruning is best done during the winter months—tackling the job during the summer can also be beneficial. Be sure to check the foundation’s website (www.arborday.org) to learn the best times to prune certain types of trees so that you don’t damage them or make them more vulnerable to fungus.
Summer pruning is done to direct the growth of a tree, slowing the branches you don’t want or dwarfing the development of a tree or branch. The reason for the slowing effect is that you reduce the total leaf surface, thereby reducing the amount of food manufactured and sent to the roots. Another reason to prune in the summer is for corrective purposes. Defective limbs can be seen more easily, as can limbs that hang down too far under the weight of the leaves.
When removing branches, use sharp tools to minimize damage to the bark. Young trees are best pruned with one-hand pruning shears with curved blades, while a pole pruner is recommended for trees with high branches.
The Arbor Day Foundation advises homeowners to follow the one-third and a quarter rules of pruning, meaning no more than a quarter of a tree’s crown is removed in a single season, and main side branches are at least one-third smaller than the diameter of the trunk. You should also never prune up from the bottom more than one-third of the tree’s total height.
When simply shortening a small branch, make the cut at a lateral bud or another lateral branch. Favor a bud that will produce a branch that will grow in a desired direction (usually outward).
Once your trees are cared for, remember to take new photos of your yard and add them to your online marketing materials, giving buyers another reason to come and see your home.
For more information about caring for the trees on your property, contact our office today.
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