HOA's and Landscape Trees

Homeowners Associations (HOA's) are rapidly growing landholders in America. They have legal ownership responsibility for managing trees found within the open space, roads, and common areas of the development. All HOA's have the power to protect and help sustain the urban forest and the natural resources that we all depend upon. Most HOA's find themselves tasked with maintaining streets and private trees. However, HOA board members often lack the experience, knowledge and resources to properly manage these assets for the benefit and safety of the residents.

Landscape trees are the largest and most prominent natural resource for many neighborhoods. While landscape trees provide many benefits, their size and proximity to people and structures can result in potential liability risks. These risks, however, can be minimized when trees are well-planted and receive proper and timely maintenance.

The benefits of trees

Neighborhood trees are a truly valuable community resource. They provide benefits such as the following:

  • Air pollution mitigation
  • Reduced energy use. An average household saves $300 per year on heating and cooling costs.
  • Aesthetic value. Properties with landscape trees are valued 5-20% higher.
  • Wildlife habitat
  • View screening and privacy
  • Reduced pollution. A single acre of mature trees removes 20 tons of pollution per year.

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