WHY TREE MANAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT FOR PROPERTY MANAGERS

It is no secret that trees are a vital part of our environment. Not only do they provide shade and oxygen, but they can also improve the appearance of your property. However, some people still overlook the essence of tree management and see it as a mundane task. For this reason, we will discuss why it is paramount for property managers to take care of their trees, and outline some of the benefits it can provide. Keep reading to learn more!

WHAT IS TREE MANAGEMENT?

Tree management is the maintenance and administration of trees for reasons of safety, legislative requirements and aesthetics. Tree owners, landowners, or property managers need to administer and take care of their trees to keep them in good condition to prevent property damage and human endangerment from foreseeable hazards.

BENEFITS OF PROPER TREE MANAGEMENT

  • Tree management prevents property damage: Unexpected property damage is a property manager's worst fear. That is why effective tree management is crucial in avoiding commercial property damage. It is inconvenient and costly, not to mention the loss of revenue and downtime due to repairs.
  • Tree management can keep everyone safe: Property managers should conduct tree management as part of their risk management process. It includes maintaining, mitigating, and recognising hazardous trees. Particularly after storms and strong winds or if you have never had your trees inspected before, it is best to ask for help from a professional arborist. 
  • Tree management prevents uncontrolled tree growth: The right tree in the right location can generally grow without intervention. However, in urban environments trees may require maintenance pruning away from buildings, lights, power supply and structures.
  • Tree management promotes beautiful property appearance: In this day and age, aesthetic properties are becoming prevalent. Overgrown trees provide an unsightly look and may allow free access to pests. Possums or rodents can enter your structures through the branches of trees and shrubs. 
  • Tree management prevents adverse environmental effects: Neglected trees are more susceptible to diseases and other serious conditions. Young may also have problems and can be easily pruned while young to avoid issues down the track. Having a proper maintenance and management program ensures you not only work on large trees but are planning for the next generation on your site.
  • Tree management contributes to high property value: When it comes to tree management, many homeowners overlook one of the key benefits - an increase in property value. Well-maintained trees have shown to increase real estate prices. Thus, investing in tree management can be a great way to boost your property's value and protect your investment for years to come. With the proper care and attention, you can ensure that your trees remain healthy and thriving, giving you peace of mind and enhancing your property's monetary worth at the same time.
  • Tree management allows for budgeting and identifying planting opportunities:  There are a number of different benefits that can be gained from managing the existing tree population and planning for the addition of new trees. For example, this process provides an opportunity to budget for available funds, identify appropriate planting sites, and create specific planting goals over time. These goals may include maximising shade around buildings or providing wildlife habitat along nearby riparian areas.

HOW TO CONDUCT GOOD TREE MANAGEMENT?

Punctual tree examination can aid in the early detection of tree degradation and can help prevent further damage. Perform frequent tree inspections as your daily task, especially after every turbulent storm or weather. 

The following are several helpful tips in taking care of your trees:

  • Plan: A tree manager or owner must first decide what types of information are required. Is it to manage legislative requirements to provide a safe environment, to understand what species, size and attributes they have, to manage or plan for new plantings or a combination of all the above?
  • Tree inventory: With the data field decided upon data can be collected focusing on your desired goals and you can begin strategising on various improvements. Canopy Consulting can assist with creating a tree inventory, maps and databases, works programs and risk assessment to assist with tree asset management and budget allocation.
  • Tree health inspection: Do not leave all scrutiny to the professional alone. You must, too, observe the health of your trees by checking for the following: Trunk and root damage, cracked or broken branches and other attributes that might cause any harm to the tree or the people particularly after storms. If you are unsure about these things, seek advice from an expert.
  • Pruning: It is an important aspect of tree management as it helps enhance the tree's appearance and manage tree hazards. However, pruning can injure a tree if done improperly, so it is imperative to understand the reasoning and process before engaging a contractor. Like any asset, with ongoing monitoring, maintenance and management, trees can live for many years and provide beauty and shade for generations to come.
  • Improving growing conditions: Trees are essential components of urban landscapes, providing a range of environmental and social benefits. However, soils are often depleted in urban environments. Through proper tree management practices like fertilising and mulching, it is possible to improve the soil quality for trees and help them flourish.
  • Contact an arborist: In-depth tree inspections, risk assessments, works programmes, and the like involve arboricultural knowledge and necessitate professional input. Consult a qualified arborist immediately regarding all tree-related issues or concerns.

SEEK PROFESSIONAL ARBORIST SERVICESIf you are looking for an expert tree care provider, look no further than Canopy Consulting. We are tree specialists with qualified knowledge and experience in treating tree issues of all kinds. Whether your trees need minor maintenance or major treatment, we are here to help! Feel free to skim through our services or contact us to start.

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