Can Invasive Trees Reduce Property Value?

At Hansen’s Tree Service, we like to emphasize the importance of the right tree in the right place. This has a huge impact on not only property safety but also property value and tree health.

The Environmental Cost Of Invasive Species

Invasive species can devastate native populations if left unchecked. For example, emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees and Japanese honeysuckle has shaded out native species: “Negative effects of Japanese honeysuckle invasion include development of malformed trunks in trees, suppression of plant growth, inhibition of regeneration in woody and herbaceous plants, and alteration of habitats used by native wild-life.”

When a native ecosystem is overrun with harmful invasive species there is less biodiversity, which means a lowered quality of life for not only plants and animals but humans.

The Human & Economical Costs Of Invasive Species

Invasive plants aren’t just an environmental issue—they also take a human and economical toll. “The potential economic costs associated with non-indigenous plant and animal species are estimated at more than $100 billion annually in the United States,” according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.

And they can very much reduce your property value! Some invasive trees, such as the tree of heaven, are considered toxic weeds and spread quickly. In Vermont and Wisconsin, invasive aquatic plants have reduced lakefront property values by as much as 16%!

Always Choose The Best Tree For Your Yard

Not every tree can be planted in your yard. The right tree in the right place optimizes the benefits of trees and their attraction to birds. Knowing your site conditions, space constraints, and purchasing a high-quality tree will help ensure a healthy local ecosystem and lower maintenance.

Not sure where to start? The ISA-certified arborists at Hansen’s Tree Service will be more than happy to provide a consultation and hassle-free estimate.

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