I live in town in a duplex, my neighbor and I had to resolve to start the process to cut down the thirty-year-old tree that sits at the back of the yard. In a week it would be done.
It is not the most desirable species, some even compare it to weeds because of its ability to grow in the cracks of the sidewalk. It had to be condemned for me to find out about it and learn its name: Négundo maple (or Giguère maple), very common in Quebec.
It exceeds the height of the building and its foliage (now sparse) created a green wall on the second floor, south-west side. At the end of the day, with the rays of the sun and a little wind, the set offered a “sound and light” show. soothing. His disappearance will cause a huge hole. It was not without sadness that we received the diagnosis from a forest engineer: advanced and irreversible dieback.
“You know that trees can increase the value of a property by 15 % ?» the engineer asks me.
I decided to explore the question.
The qualities of trees
There is not enough space here to explain all the virtues of trees, especially in the city. I'll just point out the obvious ones here: they create shade, they reduce heat, they improve air quality, they drain the soil, they cut out noise and wind, they block view neighbors and they attract wildlife.
Let's add to that the most important thing: it's beautiful.
If I were to market a machine that promised all that , which could also produce fruit, you would probably be willing to pay dearly for a copy.
What about a tree? It depends on the context.
In addition to the qualities I have just mentioned, what gives trees their value is also that they take time to grow. For them to be majestic, 15 to 20 years are needed, more even depending on the species.
Real estate brokers, even if they are reluctant to assign a value to a tree, will not miss not to point out the presence of mature specimens in the vicinity of a house for sale.
Like our forest engineer, studies show that the presence of trees can increase the value of a property by up to 20%.
The financial contribution of the tree will be lower on a house located in a forest environment than in an urban context where the density of the canopy is lower.
Everyone probably prefers the presence of vegetation, but the value attributed to it depends on a range of factors, including the socio-economic conditions of the households that settle in a neighborhood.
Greenery is also part of a set of characteristics that make up the environment: proximity to services, school, security, etc. The weighting of each of the elements in the value of the property varies according to the context.
And then there is the real estate market itself. We are perhaps less attentive to the presence of plants when houses for sale are scarce.
It all seems relative, but that’s how real estate works. It's all about comparisons. A mature tree well located on the ground will always provide an advantage.
As far as I am concerned, the disappearance of the Giguère maple will probably have little or no impact on the financial value of our property. The mourning will be no less important.
THE COST OF A TREE
There are not only advantages to trees. The end of life of our Negundo maple will cause expenses of nearly $2,500 (expertise, dismantling of a fence, permit from the City, felling and stump removal).
Fr healthy, our tree required regular pruning. In front of the building, an ash tree, owned by the municipality, requires treatment against the emerald ash borer. It is not at our expense, but its leaves and seeds accumulate in our gutters, which must be cleaned.
That does not prevent us from planning a substitute in the backyard; moreover, it is an obligation. We are very hesitant about the choice of gasoline. We thought of a serviceberry, but the fruit shrub protects less from the heat (I live upstairs). A February? I have to convince the neighbor who thinks it's big. Any suggestions?
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128