I have a love-hate relationship with the many tall trees on my property.
There are several pine trees, two oaks, and four or five maples if you include everything growing from our large backyard to the space between the house and the road.
I love the fact that we have so much natural shade over both the house and the entire plot. It’s helpful having shade over the house because it blocks additional UV rays from warming the roof and affecting your home’s indoor climate. But even more than financial reasons, I like that my wife and kids love the trees and the treehouse in one of the pines that I built for them a few years ago. As much as I love these trees for all of the reasons above, I constantly worry about a branch breaking off during an intense thunderstorm and falling onto the house, either tearing a hole throw my shingle or through the roof itself. Aside from the structural damage it could cause, there’s the water damage to consider as well. Plus, I hate having a lawn that is constantly covered in a mix of leaves, pine needles, and broken pine cones. My dogs seem to hate it and I can never keep the debris raked before it becomes a lost cause two days later when the lawn is covered completely all over again. Worst of all, the pine needles in particular get pulled into my HVAC condenser by its large fan. If you leave the condenser like this for long enough, the pine needles could accumulate enough to break the fan motor. That’s why I take off my condenser cover a few times a year and remove any yard debris by hand before blasting away the remaining gunk with my garden hose.