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Advice for Living on a Heavily Wooded Lot

by Jon & Suzan Busch ®Realtor/e-Pro/Certified Marco Island Specialist 10/28/2018

Life amongst the trees can be beneficial. You get plenty of shade, ample privacy, and can use some of the wood for heating, cooking, or camp fires with the kids. However, living in the woods can also present a few challenges that many aren’t prepared for when purchasing a home in a heavily wooded area.

In this article, we’re going to give you some advice on how to survive and thrive on a heavily wooded plot of land so that you can make the most of the trees you’ll grow to love.

Branch management

While all of those trees in your yard may be beautiful, they can be dangerous to you, your home, and your vehicles if you’re not careful. Storms, especially in colder climates where ice is likely to form, can bring down large branches and cause a lot of damage.

They can also be a minor annoyance when you have to move branches before you back out of your driveway in the morning.

The best way to avoid potential danger is to take inventory of the branches that are within striking distance of your home, garage, vehicles, and driveway. Healthy branches on younger trees might not pose a hazard. But, if you notice dying or large, heavy branches that could fall somewhere dangerous, it might be better to remove them now than pay for the damage they cause later.

This brings us to one of the most important tools you can have living in the woods: a chainsaw.

Since you have a wooded property, it’s most likely best to buy a gas-powered or battery-powered chainsaw to avoid having to use several extension cords throughout the woods.

When it comes to the high sitting branches, you can buy a pole saw in the $150 range that will handle small branches.

One of the benefits of cleaning out some trees is that you get free fuel for your fireplace (if you have one). However, you’ll need a dry place to season your wood before you burn it. Ideally, wait at least a year for your wood to dry out before using it in your wood stove.

Embracing nature -- the good and the bad

To get the most out of your tree-covered yard, you’ll have to learn to accept some of the things that come with it. If you’re the type of person who picks up every stick on their lawn, you’ll come to realize that it’s best just to pick them up before you mow.

When it comes to mosquitos and other insects, you’ll learn the times when they come out to feed and learn to avoid exposure at those times. However, when you live in the woods, bugs and critters are a part of life. So, it helps to learn about them. You might find that the spiders you hate help keep your home free of other undesirable insects.

When you get fed up with the sticks you have to pick up and the insects you have to avoid, just remember that you have privacy from passersby, that it’s more calm and quiet from the trees blocking the sounds of the road, and that the shade will give you a cool place to sit outside and save you some on your air conditioning bill in the summer.

About the Author

Author
Jon & Suzan Busch ®Realtor/e-Pro/Certified Marco Island Specialist
Born in Chicago, IL and lived in the Northwest Suburbs. Moved to Tempe, AZ to attend college at Arizona State University. Graduated with Cum Laude Honors93'. My 9-year previous career was mostly in Law Enforcement with the Attorney General's Office, Phoenix Police Dept., and The Maricopa County adult probation Department. Over 19 years ago, I moved to Marco Island to enjoy a lifestyle and pursue a career as a Realtor®. I started my real estate profession by working as an assistant to a Top Producer for over one year to gain valuable experience. During the past 19 years, selling real estate has become my passion. I have since become a Top Producer myself for the past 18years and ranked #25 in total sales for the State of Florida within the Berkshire Hathaway Florida Realty network 2015. I am committed to old-fashioned customer service, integrity, and professionalism. Awarded"Five-Star Customer Service Real Estate Agent" by Gulfshore LifeMagazine 14 years in a row. Numerous references are available upon request of my satisfied past and current clients. In June of 2016, Suzan retired from a 25 year career in women’s retail and joined her husband Jon Busch in his Real Estate business. Suzan was a District Sales Manager for White House-Black Market traveling to stores in Florida, the Caribbean, and at times all over the Southeastern United States. Her work life was all about being in the field traveling and managing up to 72 stores. She worked with her Store Teams to maintain the corporate vision and customer service level they are known for. As a native of Collier County, it was a dream job for someone growing up in such a small town (Naples) area! After 25 years it was time for something new and what better way to transition from selling women’s clothing and customer service than to go straight into selling Real Estate. It has been an amazing transition. Interacting with our customers is the best part! She has gotten her Marco Island Specialist Certification and loves to do Open Houses. She is great at meeting new people, getting to know them and helping them find their Marco Island dream home and life style! *Awarded #25 Realtor in the BHHS Florida Realty network in total sales for 2007 and 2015! •Certified Fine Homes Specialist, Property Disclosure, Fair Housing, real estate and Anti-trust. •Winner of Leading Edge Award for 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016,and 2017. Honor Society Award for 2001,2002, and 2010. Winner of Chairman Circle Gold Award (top 2% of Realtors) for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and2015. •Realtor Board member of the Professional Standards Committee, since 2002. •Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies, Minor in Pre-Medicine, Cum Laude Honors at Arizona State University, 1993. •Ed Klopfer Real Estate School Graduate 1999. •Advisory Board Member for Marco Island Prudential Florida Realty Office 2001,2004, 2005. •President Circle Award for top 2% in Sales within Berkshire Hathaway Realty Florida network 2016. •Sales Leader for 1st Quarter of 2018, in the Marco Island Branch Office. Certifications and Recognitions •REALTOR® licensed salesperson •Member of the Marco Island Board of Realtors •Associate member of the Naples Board of Realtors •Member of FAR (Florida Association of Realtors) •Member of NAR (National Association of Realtors) •e-Pro Certified • Marco Island Specialist certification MIAAR on May 30, 2014