Here’s the script: young family moves into their first home and in commemoration of the moment, they plant a willow. When baby number one arrives a year later, they celebrate that moment by planting a Bradford Pear. And finally, for Valentine’s Day one year, the husband plants a Mulberry tree as an undying symbol of his love for his wife.
Fast forward twenty years to the apocalyptic scene of the family’s yard. The willow’s fast growing branches are draped over the power lines and its ravenous root system is sucking every drop of water out of the ground, wreaking havoc with the water table. The silkworms feasting on the mulberry tree litter the ground along with the fruit of the tree, with swirling pollen making passersby gag. The Bradford Pear rounds out the attack on the senses by providing a not so pleasing smell as the blossoms reach full bloom.
Like a scene out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, the trees take over the yard, converting noble deeds to a nightmarish scene.
Ok, so maybe I’ve exaggerated a bit to get your attention, but check out this article to get a good feel for which trees you may want to avoid when creating your ideal outdoor haven.
11 Trees You Should Never Plant in Your Yard
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