Can Money Be Made From Yard Trees?


Most homeowners with mature trees in their yards must one day face the reality of having to have one or more removed. This can be due to injury or disease, or it can just become apparent that the tree is near the end of its natural life. It may also have simply grown too big and it, or its root system, is putting your home or out structures at risk and has become a liability.

If the trees are valuable hardwoods, such as black walnut, oak, black cherry, hickory, or sugar maple, many landowners reasonably wonder if they can potentially make some money from the wood. Here are a couple of common questions and answers landowners frequently have when they call a certified arborist about hardwood tree removal service.

Is My Tree Worth Anything?

Undoubtedly, your tree is worth something in the sense that mature trees usually add significant monetary value to your property. Depending on the species, they may also offer considerable food and cover value to wildlife, particularly if you have a rural lot. 

Regardless of what species you have and what the going market rate for timber might be in your area, you need to be aware of the facts when it comes to residential tree removal.

1) A certified arborist is not going to pay you to remove your tree. Cutting down a tree is a potentially dangerous job, and they are providing you with a valuable service.

2) A certified arborist is in business to provide tree care and tree removal services. They aren't in business to buy trees, and they aren't loggers. Loggers are in the business to buy trees, but they look for standing timber from woodlot landowners. Because they are not certified arborists, they aren't interested in buying a tree from your yard. There are liability issues that loggers aren't prepared to deal with when it comes to removing trees from a residential property, and the cost to set up and remove one tree wouldn't be profitable.

What Can I Do With My Felled Tree?

Most arborists include removal of the tree for the landowner. However, you could possibly negotiate a different deal if you would like to hang on to the wood for whatever reason. For example, if you have a black walnut tree that you would like to incorporate into your home through something like custom flooring or a dining table, you can seek the services of a sawmill operator. They may be willing to process the wood for you for a reasonable fee.

While you may not be able to profit from your felled tree, you may be able to use the wood for a future project and obtain some value from it that way. Talk to a tree removal service for more information.


9 January 2016

Improving The Look Of Our Trees

After we moved into our house, we knew that something had to be done about our trees. The branches looked off-kilter, and we could tell that someone had pruned them incorrectly at one time or another. Unfortunately, we weren't really sure how to repair the damage. A family friend talked with us about hiring a professional tree trimmer, and so we called them the next day. The difference that they made was astounding. They removed dead branches, trimmed up the shape, and let more sunlight through. My blog is all about improving the look of your trees by hiring a professional.