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Avoid These Problems! 4 Bad and Messy Trees to Avoid for Your Yard

One tree can produce up to 260 pounds of oxygen each year. At the same time, they also help to reduce greenhouse gases.

How? By capturing carbon dioxide from the air. If anything, that’s how they produce oxygen in the first place!

Given that, it’s not surprising to know that there are so many tree planting initiatives. Put it simply, it’s better for the environment.

Some trees, however, are not the best if you want to keep your yard tidy.

Want to know what messy trees to avoid? If so, you’re on the right page. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Plant a Tree

The first thing that you want to do is dig a hole. You don’t want it to be too big, otherwise, the tree might not be able to anchor itself properly.

Ideally, you want the hole to be the same depth and diameter as the container. Once you’ve dug the hole, remove the tree’s root ball from the container. Loosen the outer roots gently with your hands.

From there, you can place the tree in the hole. Finally, backfill the hole with the original soil.

4 Messy Trees to Avoid For Your Backyard 

Don’t want to deal with a messy yard? Here are a few trees that you might want to avoid.

1. Cottonwood 

Cotton trees are considered to be “messy” for a few reasons. For one thing, they’re known for dropping masses of fluffy cotton in the summer.

Not only that, but the branches tend to be brittle. In other words, your yard will likely be filled with twigs and branches after a windstorm. 

Did I also mention that the tree smells like urine?

2. Sweetgum

Sweetgum trees are called that because of the seedpods aka “gumballs” that they drop. Because of that, they’re often considered a nuisance.

What’s more, is that the seed pods have sharp, spiny exteriors, which can easily cause injuries—especially if you walk around barefoot. The same thing goes for pets.

That’s one of the reasons why many people choose to get rid of Sweetgum trees. Unfortunately, it’s hard to do yourself so you’ll have to hire a professional tree removal service.

3. Crabapple

Crabapple trees might be pretty in the spring but they can quickly become a mess in the fall. Once the fruit starts to drop, you’ll have to clean up regularly.

The last thing that you want is for the fruit to rot. That’ll leave you with a sticky mess that can attract pests.

4. Red Oak 

Red oaks have large leaves, which can leave a mess in the fall. What this means is that you’ll likely have to do a lot of raking.

Not only that, but they drop acorns. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they also shed tiny flowers in the spring.

Planting the Right Tree 

And there we have it—four messy trees to avoid. As you can see, they’re all high-maintenance in different ways.

Looking for more landscaping tips? If so, be sure to check out the rest of our blog!

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