Three Trees That Will Make Your Life Miserable

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Trees can add a lot of value to your home—that is, if you have the right ones. Some trees appear to be beneficial but, in reality, they can make your life an absolute nightmare. Here are three trees you should consider removing from your yard if you'd rather not spend all your time, energy, and money dealing with them.

Bradford Pear Trees

The Bradford Pear tree is a beautiful-looking deciduous tree that produces white flowers reminiscent of snow whenever they bloom. They were first planted by the Department of Agriculture in 1964, and modern developers like to place them in their communities because they grow quickly (attaining about 15 feet in 5 years). Though they provide a lot of shade and visual appeal to your property, you should get rid of them as soon as you can afford to.

The Bradford Pear tree's best feature (fast growth) is also its biggest weakness. This tree grows so fast that its wood doesn't develop a lot of strength, and it becomes more and more brittle and weak as it ages. This makes it a serious hazard during storms, when branches can break off and damage your (or your neighbor's) property.

Another problem with Bradford Pear trees is that, while they cannot reproduce with each other, they can cross pollinate with other pear trees, so you may end up with more trees growing in your yard than you anticipated. Lastly, these trees smell terrible, which can make living around them unbearable when they flower.

Eucalyptus Trees

Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia, but have been cultivated in America because they grow quickly. It is one of the tallest flowering trees in the world and has many practical uses. For instance, this tree produces Eucalyptus oil, which is frequently used in medication, toothpaste, and candy. It also produces a dye and edible honey.

However, this plant if very dangerous to have in your yard for a couple of reasons. First, it's a severe fire hazard. Eucalyptus oil is highly flammable, and trees have been known to explode when ignited by flame or hit by lightning.

The second problem is that the tree will shed its bark and branches without notice. One second the tree looks healthy and normal, but the next second stuff is falling off the tree like the worst kind of rain you've ever seen. As you can imagine, this can result in innumerable injuries to anyone or anything that happens to be in the vicinity of this tree when it happens. Thus, if you want to avoid a lawsuit or being hurt, it's best to remove this tree as soon as you identify it.

Basswood Trees

Also known as the American Linden tree, the Basswood tree is native to North America and can typically be found in Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Nebraska. This tree can get up to 120 feet tall and tends to grow faster than any other hardwood on the continent, making them a natural choice for those looking to protect their privacy.

While Basswood trees are beautiful and produce a pleasant smell when they bloom in the summer, it still has its drawbacks. First, this tree tends to attract bees, which can be dangerous if you or someone in your family is allergic to them. Second, the tree produces a sap that drips everywhere. Unless you want to spend all of your time scraping sap off the roof of your home or your car windows, it's probably best to change this tree out for something that requires less maintenance.

For more information on trees to avoid planting near your home or to have a tree removed, contact a local tree removal company, like Pete & Ron's Tree Service, Inc.

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