You may be able to picture the perfect house on that new lot. Just knock down a tree here, another tree there, and it will look perfect. But be careful. Lots in many neighborhoods have deed restrictions designed to prevent trees from being removed. There could be a ban on any tree removal, or a certain percentage of trees on the lot might be protected. Different neighborhoods have different reasons for these restrictions. Sometimes they are designed to keep an environmentally friendly atmosphere or to preserve that tree-lined residential look. These restrictions are becoming more common in suburban neighborhoods and larger developments [source: Wilkening]. But they might also be in place on rural land that might seem untouched by deed restrictions. Agreements made years ago between neighboring rural property owners about keeping certain trees might still be binding on the land [source: Snell].