10 Trees You Should Avoid Planting in Your Yard

By Stacy Mellete

While trees are beautiful and can improve your home’s curb appeal, not all are beneficial. Some species can cause your house more harm and than good.

In today’s post, your trusted provider of residential roofing in Riverview Florida and storm damage restoration services, Affordable Roofing Systems shares the trees you may not want in your front yard.

1. Silver Maple – It grows fast and provides good shade, but the rate at which it grows makes it weak and brittle. This puts the tree at danger of breaking during extreme weather events. In addition, its invasive root system can damage sewage pipes, drain fields, driveways and walkways.

2. Lombardy Poplar – It was once a popular choice for landscaping due to its fast growth. It can grow up to 6 feet in just a year. However, it has invasive roots and is prone to disease and infestation.

3. Eucalyptus – This plant originated from Australia and grows around 10 feet within a year. This tree unexpectedly drops big, heavy, resin-filled branches. These branches can fall over your roof and cause damage to the shingles. If ever this incident does happen, you can rely on Affordable Roofing Systems for residential roof repairs in Clearwater FL.

4. Bradford Pear – When it reaches maturity, this tree splits and cracks easily. Also, its blooms have an unpleasant smell.

5. Mountain Cedar – It releases large amounts of pollen in the colder season that may cause allergic reactions. If you don’t have allergies, it may affect your neighbors.

6. Mulberry – This tree is the only food source of silkworms. It also has big surface roots and produces a lot of pollen and messy fruits.

7. Black Walnut – Apart from its bothersome pollen and fruit production, it secretes toxins that kill nearby plants. If you have precious flower beds and vegetable gardens, you may not want this tree in your home.

8. Leyland Cypress – Though it looks appealing in front of a home, this tree requires constant trimming to remain healthy. It has a high chance of uprooting during storms and can be a fire hazard due to its dried twigs and branches.

9. Gingko – It’s a sturdy tree that can reach up to 70 feet and withstand different climates. Female species produce fruits that emit a foul odor which can stick on your clothes.

10. Sweet Gum – This tree can be dangerous for pets and kids in the fall. It has round seed pods with sharp spikes that can cause injuries when stepped on.

If you’ve got roof problems as a result of disruptive trees, contact Affordable Roofing System for quality repair services. As a residential roofing contractor in Riverview we offer hail damage repair and residential roof replacement.

Call us at (813) 542-8462 or complete our online form for a free estimate. We serve customers in Brandon, Largo and Tampa, FL.

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