3 Reasons Why You Need to Protect Your Trees from Overcrowding

large group of crowded trees from a top view

There’s nothing like having trees on your property. A mature giant can frame your front yard perfectly and give your home extra shade. Trees across the property can provide nuts, fruit, and extra curb appeal across the seasons. But sometimes you can have too many trees, and that can start to put your property at risk. Here’s how:

Concentrated trees compete with each other for resources.

Trees need a lot of sunlight, water, and soil nutrients. If you place too many trees together without a consistent source of hydration, all of the trees will be weakened, and some of them will lose the competition, either becoming weaker, smaller trees or dying altogether.

Diseases can spread more easily through physical contact.

Once a tree disease or invasive species start to burrow into one of your trees, it’s hard to protect the rest of your trees. This is especially true if they’re the same species or have the same vulnerabilities. But it’s all but impossible if the trees are so crowded together that they’re touching. At that point, the disease or infestation can spread before you or your tree care company can even detect the signs of a problem.

Too much shade can endanger your plant life.

Trees prevent most plants from growing right underneath them or in the radius created by their shade. In many ways, this is helpful. The thick canopy of leaves prevents new shoots from growing into competing trees. But if you have too many trees, that means grass, shrubs, and shorter plants lose access to vital sunlight. That makes them weaker and more prone to disease before the plants die out. Damp, dark conditions can also encourage fungus and disease to grow.

Talk to our tree service professionals about the concentration of trees on your property. If you have overcrowding, Schneider Tree Care can recommend the best course of action and preserve as many trees as possible.