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Trees are the lungs of the world, as the common phrase goes, but they need to be looked after just as any other living thing does. Trees provide shelter for people and homes by keeping the hot sun from directly hitting the home and by stopping cold winter winds. They don’t just look beautiful and add color and substance to gardens, they also help increase the value of homes. Healthy, well-looked after trees, can add thousands of dollars to your property’s value at sale time. They also provide entertainment and ways for children to play. But do you think what happens if you don’t maintain your trees?

Trees don’t just provide a habitat for insects and birds, they can also provide a space to build a beautiful and functional treehouse for your youngsters. However, if trees aren’t maintained properly there can be multiple problems. 

Initial Planning for Planting Trees in Your Garden

What Happens If You Don't Maintain Your Trees

Before you read about maintaining your trees and the importance of that, you should consider how and what to plant in the first place.

Poor planning for garden landscaping and tree planting can lead to problems later that could have been avoided. Digging holes too deep can lead to bark deterioration and then the death of the tree. Consideration needs to be given to how wide the roots will spread and what they may come in contact with. Tree roots can damage driveways and foundations so careful positioning is needed.

When you are planting your trees, look up. How big is your tree going to be when it matures and will it hit those power lines running overhead? Tree surgeons can help prune and maintain your plants but if your tree ends up running into power lines it will have to undergo some ugly, drastic pruning. 

The Best Trees to Plant in Your Garden

Some trees will grow better in certain climates than others so it may be a good idea to talk to a garden center or even a tree surgeon about the best choices. Hardy trees are a good choice, although many like to plant fruit trees.

Pear, apple, and citrus are among some of the easiest fruit trees to grow and will add color to your garden with their blossom. Not only will these trees look good in your garden but they will provide you with free fruit too, but only if they are looked after. 

What Happens If You Don’t Maintain Your Trees?

What Happens If You Don't Maintain Your Trees

Trees are living things and as such, they are subject to disease, damage, and death, just like humans and animals. Unfortunately, many things can go wrong with trees and some of these are out of your control.

Storms can cause a great deal of damage to trees and although many plants will recover, sometimes a qualified tree surgery company is needed to provide proper care. 

If trees are dying they may not need to be removed for years, but they will need a tree surgeon to inspect the plant and make sure there is no likelihood of falling branches or disease spreading to other plants.

Failure to maintain trees could lead to the toppling in a storm, dead branches falling, overhanging branches damaging your home or your neighbors, and the value of your home being affected. There are many common forest and tree diseases, and failure to maintain your plant means these could go undiagnosed and untreated. 

Why You Need to Be Wary of Storm Damage

What Happens If You Don't Maintain Your Trees

Every year, millions of trees become damaged or are toppled by storms. Hurricanes and strong storms can cause huge damage and there is often little that can be done to avoid it.

By cutting back trees and making sure they are less likely to hit your home can reduce the likelihood of damage in a storm. Professionals are needed to prune trees as it is easy to kill a tree by not handling this properly. While prevention is good, you will also need to make sure a storm-damaged tree is cared for too.

A few decades ago in 1987 15 million trees were toppled across the south of England. This was unavoidable but the damage that storms cause needs to be repaired after to avoid more problems and reduce safety hazards. Damaged branches can fall and hurt people or damage property so an inspection by a tree surgeon after a bad storm can be a good idea. 


Ignoring problems with trees, or failing to use professional tree surgeons, can lead to many problems. Dead trees need to be removed as they will attract pests including termites who can end up damaging a house’s foundations. Dead and dying trees can topple over and cause damage to cars and roofs. Diseases can spread between plants, and an unsightly tree can put homebuyers off.

Professional tree surgeons can inspect your trees, test the soil, check the roots and the structure of the tree, and make recommendations on any work needed. You will receive rewards from tree maintenance too. Looking after your apple and pear trees means your plants will give you fruit back for years to come.