Sometimes trees can add to the beauty and value of your home, but unfortunately, they can also often cause problems. These problems can range from mild nuisances to major dangers. If you have large trees on your property, you should become familiar with these potential issues that they can create for your yard, as you may want to remove them before they become a problem or take precautions before anything happens.
Blooms & Leaves
We all know that blooming plants can aggravate allergies in the spring, and trees are no exception– plants like oaks and sycamores are high on the list of allergy-causing pollens. You can’t enjoy your backyard if you can’t walk outside without having an allergy attack! But trees can become a nuisance in the fall as well, when their leaves begin to drop. Decaying leaves can stain decks and other surfaces, and they can clog pool filters as well. Piles of leaves are also frequent hideaways for dangerous animals like snakes and ticks, especially when they’re allowed to sit for a while and become damp. It’s important to keep them from accumulating. You can, of course, use a trusty rake to remove leaves, but some homeowners like to instead cut them up with a lawnmower, saving themselves some back-breaking work.
Pine trees in particular are notorious for their sap. Throughout the year, the trees will drip sap onto whatever is sitting in your yard. Cars, recreational vehicles, and patio furniture are among the most common victims. It’s extremely difficult to remove this sap as it’s very sticky, and it can actually damage the paint on your vehicle if you aren’t careful. Removing any sap-producing trees from the area will save you a lot of headache if you’re worried about the damage they can cause. If you can’t part with your trees, be sure to remove sap from vehicles using a special sap removing cleaner, as this will extend the life of your paint job.
Depending on the size of the trees, any falling broken limbs could potentially cause major damage. It’s not unheard of for limbs to fall on cars, break kitchen windows, and destroy lawn furniture. Larger trees can even damage the siding of your home if they crash into it during a storm. Sometimes these events are covered by insurance, but not always. To keep your property safe, you should have your trees trimmed regularly to remove any dead limbs, or limbs that are growing in the wrong direction. If there are any dead or diseased trees in your yard, you should also have them removed promptly– these trees are not securely held in the ground like healthy trees are, so they’re more likely to tip over.
Know how to properly keep your home and belongings safe from the dangers of trees. With proper care and a little effort, you can enjoy trees in your backyard without worrying about any of the danger.