3 Trees To Keep Out Of Your Yard

Nothing quite beats a good shade tree when it comes to increasing the curb appeal of your home. Yet planting the wrong kind of tree can lead to nightmares down the line. If you would like to learn more about what trees to keep away from your home, read on. This article will present three species that cause more trouble than they're worth.

Lombardy Poplar

In the past, this tree was often favored by landscapers. After all, it offers not only an attractive columnar shape, but is capable of growing at rates up to 6' per year. These perks, however, simply aren't enough to offset the fact that Lombardy poplars can easily fall prey to a multitude of infestations and diseases. These often leave the trees looking bare and unhealthy.

Furthermore, once planted, Lombardy poplars are surprisingly hard to get rid of. Even after you've chopped down a particular tree, its root system is still capable of sending out shoots that eventually pop up nearby. Complete tree removal thus involves taking up the entire root structure--an invasive and expensive process. 

Silver Maple

On paper, the silver maple has many convincing qualities. Once mature, it provides a wide leafy canopy and plenty of shade. Not only that but it's got a good fast growth rate. While attractive to many homeowners, this second point is also the silver maple's biggest problem.

You see, because they grow so rapidly, the wood of silver maple trees is weak and brittle. As a result, they are prone to drop large limbs in even moderate storms. Not only that, but the silver maple's shallow root system has a nasty habit of getting tangled up in sewage pipes, and causing cracks to form in driveways and sidewalks. Save yourself such headaches by keeping these troublesome trees out of your yard.

Bradford Pear

This is not an unusual tree to find in people's yards. From its pleasing, symmetrical shape to its profuse springtime blossoms, the Bradford pear offers a wealth of attractive features. Unfortunately, these trees are known for the weak wood they produce. This makes the susceptible to splitting and breaking in wind storms, thus putting any nearby structures at risk.

Not only that, but those lovely white blossoms the Bradford pear is known for have one seriously negative quality--they stink. In fact, according to many people, more than anything their odor resembles that of spoiled fish. In other words, if you're considering planting a Bradford pear, you might want to invest in a quality pair of nose plugs as well!