In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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3 Potentially Problematic Trees To Avoid Planting Close To Your Home

Most homeowners see trees as a valuable inclusion in their landscape, whether it is for aesthetic appeal or extra shade. However beneficial some trees may be to your property, there are still trees that can be problematic–especially if they are planted too close to your house. Before you take a trip to the landscape center to pick up trees for your home, make sure you remember there are some trees that will not make logical choices. Likewise, if you've already planted some problematic trees near your home, you may have to have help getting them removed by a tree service professional, like the ones found at Check out these three potentially problematic trees you should not plant near your home. 

Silver Maple Trees

Silver maple trees grow fast enough that they can be a desirable choice for added shade around your house. However, these trees grow so quickly that the root system often does not reach really deep. Plus, the fast-growth can contribute to brittle limbs that do not fare well during wind and storms. Because of this, a silver maple tree can cause a lot of damage to your home. To make matters worse, the root system will take the path of least resistance beneath the ground to stabilize the tree, so this means the roots often grow into plumbing lines and septic systems. 

Aspen Trees

Aspen trees are popular in the higher elevated areas because they fare well in a suddenly changing climate and offer ample shade with small leaves that shiver with the breeze. While these trees are definitely attractive, they are never a choice for the outside of your home or even on your property where you have to mow consistently. The root systems of an aspen tree sends up tiny chutes through the ground in large numbers. Therefore, having this tree on your property will mean you will be constantly battling new tiny tree saplings. If left to grow, you could easily end up with a yard full of aspen trees you never wanted. 

Willow Trees 

With whispery, flowing branches filled with delicate leaves, the willow tree is a favorite among homeowners because of its charm. However, the willow tree is also not one you really want close to the house. These trees don't have a very long lifespan, which means they will start to break down and rot much faster than you might expect. Plus, willow trees are ever-thirsty trees that need a ton of water to keep the flowing branches limber, which can create a drying problem for the rest of your landscape.