Selecting Trees to Plant in Your Front Yard

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Selecting Trees to Plant in Your Front Yard | The Experienced GardenerAlmost all of us have a childhood swing we remember – and not some industrial, metal swing. A swing that was attached to someone’s tree. Maybe it was at your friend’s house, or at your grandpa’s. Or maybe you just saw one of those cool tire swings on TV. But a tree swing is a vivid image that many people share.

And if you want to plant a tree big enough to hold a swing, we can help you do that. But is your yard big enough to support a tree that large? A big tree means big roots, that expand far in every direction. How will that impact the driveway, or the sidewalk? Roots cause pavement cracks all the time.

That’s one of the first big factors in selecting a tree for your front yard: space. Do you have enough space to accommodate the tree you want?

Let’s examine some other considerations for picking a tree for the front yard.

  • Are there wires/gutters/etc. that will be affected?

Remember that a little tree will grow large quickly enough – and have you forecasted where those branches will end up? You might interfere with overhead cable or telephone wires, which would be a health and fire danger.

Or here’s another unintended consequence: will the branches hang over the gutters? Because that means those gutters are going to be filled with leaves every fall, and it’s important to clear them out on a regular basis. Clogged gutters lead to water backup during rain, which then leads to roof leaks and other problems. Just trust us: you want to keep the gutters clear.

  • Will the branches hang over the home?

This might seem unimportant, but there are some unintended consequences of branches hanging over your roof. For starters, critters can use these branches to hop onto your roof, and then possibly into the home. That’s how you end up with mice in the attic or a raccoon scratching at your shingles. Additionally, those branches could be hazards if a strong storm passes through – potentially smashing onto your roof or into a window.

Finally, have you considered the maintenance associated with your tree of choice? If it has plenty of leaves, that’s going to mean a lot of raking in autumn. And since we’ve established the importance of pruning, who will be providing these pruning services? This seems like the right time to mention our residential lawn care services. Don’t worry – they’re not just for the wealthy. We provide plenty of landscape services as needed, to customers with all sorts of needs.

Curious to learn more? Contact us today to discuss your specific lawn care needs.

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