Despite statistics showing that many Australians are unhappy with the size of their property and the land it is on, and most of Britains land being owned by developers, there are still many people who are able to take properties on with large plots of land.
Land is a very much sought after aspect to a property because it brings all kinds of potential for earning money with raising animals or growing vegetables. It also brings potential for different family uses of the land with accessories like hot tubs, swimming pools, tennis courts or just space for running free. The worldwide health craze has also contributed to people wanting to own properties with more land as people recognise the immense benefits to spending time in nature. There are many benefits to spending time outdoors, including helping boost low mood, lowering blood pressure and cancer risks, and even boosting cognitive function.
With large plots of lands often comes all kinds of different types of garden including streams, lakes, marshlands, hedgerows and forested areas. When you’re inexperienced with owning land, all kinds of terrain can cause issues, but trees in particular require special attention and thought to ensure they are benefitting your property, not detracting from it in any way.
If you are taking on a property with trees, take a look at these handy tips to help ensure your enhance your land and don’t cause you any issues:
Are Your Trees Protected By Conservation Orders?
It may be that the trees located on your property are protected by certain laws or conservation protection orders. How common these are depends on the country your property is in, but you will usually find out about these kinds of orders when you first view the property. If you want to know before you buy, do ask the seller or the estate agent. You can be charged a lot of money if you take down a tree that is protected.
Are Your Trees Safe?
It is your responsibility to take reasonable actions to ensure the trees on your property are safe. Your trees must not pose an unacceptable risk to the people who live on your property or adjacent to it. If you use the property to earn money with visitor days or camping, you also have to consider those additional risks.
You should take care to inspect your trees regularly and remove any deadwood if you have the relevant experience, safety equipment and experience. Alternatively, seek a tree surgeon or an arboriculturist for a professional assessment and maintenance plan. This will also help you create a record of checks and work should you require paperwork for insurance, or in the case of an incident.
Which Types Of Trees Do You Have?
It is a really good idea to get to know which trees you have so that you have a better understanding of how to care for them, what to expect from them through the seasons, and perhaps even what fruits you can harvest from them.
To identify trees you’ll want to:
Look at the shape of the leaves, or the needles
What features does it have in different seasons?
What is it surrounded with? Hedgerows? Fields? Woodland?
What shape is the tree?
What size is the tree?
What flowers present, if any?
Does it produce fruits and seeds?
For help identifying trees in Australia this article is really useful, as is this video on identifying trees in America. If you’re in the UK, you can read about how to identify trees here. The sooner you know what to expect from your trees, the more likely you are to make the most of them. Who knows, you could be lucky enough to have trees that produce delicious fruits, or which create a beautiful blossom in spring, or gorgeous colourful leaves in autumn.
Make The Most Of Your Trees
It is so important that you make the most of the trees that you do have. If a tree is dangerous then you should get it taken down safely, which is always sad but you cannot risk anybody getting hurt by it in the future. For good tree management you may want to set up a recurring appointment with your arboriculturist. You may also want to get some helpful equipment for caring for the trees such as safety clothing, a trailer (if you have a lot of trees) look for generators for sale to use with handy equipment like wood chippers, pruning and trimming equipment and a wheelbarrow for small jobs.
Otherwise, if the trees are healthy and there to stay, there are plenty of ways to make the most of them by using them for:
Decoration – Trees can make beautiful decorative features with fairy lights or hanging lanterns. Depending on the type of tree you can make tunnels out of them, or even add things like tree houses for the children. At the very least they provide excellent natural shaded areas if you don’t want to put up a marquee or shelter.
Firewood – If you have a wood fire then having trees on your property is very handy. This article explains exactly how to choose the right wood for firewood.
Fruit – If you are lucky, your trees will provide you with fruit. Growing your own is incredibly satisfying, and established fruit trees make it very easy indeed. Do be careful to ensure that the fruit on the tree is edible (ideally get the tree expert to identify the species) and get advice on pruning it and caring for it so you get the biggest harvest when the right season comes around.
Nature – Trees bring so much wildlife and enhance the environment they are in. They provide shelter and food for insects, birds, squirrels and other animals as well as shade and protection for woodland flowers. Trees are a great way to support your local environment and to keep your property nature-friendly.
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. – Albert Schweitzer
Taking on a property with trees can be both challenging and rewarding. As a priority, the trees should be safe and well-maintained. In all instances, seek professional help if you need it to ensure your trees are completely safe.
Once the safety is taken care of, you can enjoy them for everything they provide you with.