Effective tree Management helps prevent damage to commercial property. Unexpected damage is a nightmare for commercial property owners. It causes endless hassle and can hit your finances hard – not to mention the loss of revenue while repairs are being completed.
That’s why, for instance, you protect your property against criminal damage with security systems. But what about damage from trees?
It’s often something that landlords overlook, but tree damage can have a massive impact with, an equally big repair bill.
Tree Management, and how Unmanaged Trees can damage your Property
How close is too close for a Tree?
Trees are a great feature on a property, adding to its appearance and curb appeal, as well as improving the air quality. That’s not the case when they’re too close though. Trees that are planted too close to a building can damage its foundations as their root system expands.
Above the ground, trees that are too close often cause damage to windows and guttering. Although may seem innocent in infancy, as they grow, trees put pressure on a building’s fixtures. It’s important to have your site assessed, therefore and have any trees removed as soon as possible if they’re located too close to the building. The Arboricultural Association has an interesting piece on Trees and the Law, which is well worth a read.
Tree Management prevents uncontrollable growth
It’s not just poorly located trees that cause problems. When left to grow and grow, their branches can fall and cause serious damage. As well as the potential risk to people on site, falling branches can collapse onto roofs and windows, leading to shattered windows or more serious structural damage. Subsequent damage to furniture can also occur from roof or window leaks caused by this mishap.
Then there’s the wildlife. Overgrown trees and shrubbery can attract mice and squirrels, which then become invasive. This may seem like uncontrollable growth to the average property owner, but it’s actually a very simple thing to manage for a professional.
While falling branches and structural damage is more likely to grab the headlines, another issue from overgrowth in trees is the leaves and small twigs. Excess foliage gathers in and around gutters, which often results in blockages. When gutters become blocked, the next step is usually leaking, flooding and hefty repair costs.
Foliage can also accumulate on rooftops, holding moisture around the tiling. This allows dark spots to develop and can even lead to rot over time. The solution is simple – keep trees well pruned around buildings.
Get in the Tree Management professionals
If you’re looking for Tree Management services in and around London, Valley Provincial have the solution. We have over 40 years’ experience in landscape management – covering everything from tree removal to simple maintenance and upkeep. Get in touch with our team to see how we can take the hassle out of landscaping for your commercial property.