Trees: A Gardener’s Dream or Nightmare

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Are Trees a good investment for your home

tree  and home

While most gardens are made up of work with plants, fruits and vegetables, flowers and of course weeds, these things are close to the ground.  They require you to get on your knees and work the soil, tend the weeds, and water them.  You can see their growth, in some cases on a daily level and it leaves little to the imagination on when they will blossom.

Planting trees in the yard is different, as it can take years for growth, depending on the size of the tree when you buy it.  When they are young you must pamper them and care for them until their roots are strong enough to hold.  Once they are set though, you can leave them alone so long as you water them regularly.  There are pros and cons to having trees and there are different trees to choose from.  Some are decorative and others can produce fruits for your house to enjoy.  We’ve give you a bit of a comparison so you can see what you might be in for when it comes to planting trees in your yard.  Be sure and create a ring of space around the tree when planted until the roots are strong enough to support it.


Trees can provide many things from shade and shelter, to a source of food and goods, but it depends on the tree.

Trees provide shade which comes in handy during the summer months.

benefits of trees in your garden

Once large enough a tree can be climbed on by children and animals and a clubhouse can be built in certain types.

Some trees provide fruit, and can be harvested yearly, giving you something to expect.

Trees can provide shelter, and when in the rain they can protect you from the rain.  (Just don’t stand under them during a thunder storm.)

Trees provide oxygen at a much higher level than the plants that you grow in the yard.  The larger the tree the more oxygen it can produce.

If rooted well, trees will outlast you, and if you pass the house on to your children will even outlast them.

Certain trees can raise the property value of your home if they are placed well and grown enough to be appealing.

Trees provide a good place for children to play around, such as hide and seek, tag, and more.


Trees can come crashing down if they are damaged or rooted badly.  They can crash on your car, your house or the power lines causing other problems.

Trees provide shelter for more than animals, such as bees, wasps, and ants.

The tree roots can destroy a sprinkler system, damage and raise the side walk or street and uproot other plants.

cons of trees in your garden

Trees take years to grow to a level where they will produce anything other than leaves.  If planted from seeds it could be a decade before you get anything out of them.

Trees can get sick and must be removed because of it or risk damage to property.  Removing the trees involves a lot of work and care, which can also be costly.

Since trees are a good hiding place for kids, they can also be a good hiding place for burglars.  (A treehouse could house a burglar or homeless if it hasn’t been used or checked in a while.)

Kites, balloons, balls, frisbees, paper airplanes and more hate trees as they often get caught in them.

The fruits that they do produce might be more than you can handle when they are in full bloom.  You could find yourself giving away a lot of produce or throwing it out.

Branches, leaves and fruit could fall into your neighbor’s yard and create friction between the two of you.

Not all housing associations allow for planting of trees on your property, even though you are paying for the property.

Fruit Trees

Fruit Trees in garden

There are several kinds of fruit trees that can be planted, giving you a steady stream of produce.  (The house I grew up in had peaches and lemons that bloomed in the summer, tangerines in the spring, and oranges in the fall and early winter months.)  You can grow apple trees, plum trees, avocado trees and more.  Be sure you keep trees that are the same together, as their roots won’t harm each other.  If the trees produce different types of fruit though you will want them to be spaced apart.

Give different fruit trees between four and six feet apart when you are spacing them and do so at the perimeter of the yard.  This allows you to keep your yard space, but puts fruit trees closer to the sides and corners of the yard.  If you plant on in the front yard be sure that you allow space for your neighbor as the tree could grow over their property.  Neighbors can also get to the fruit from your front yard unless it is gated.

Decorative Trees

While this could mean many different things to people, we are referring to any tree that doesn’t produce fruit.  Some trees will provide flowers and colors throughout the year though which are great examples of decorative trees.  Maple and Cherry Blossoms come to mind.

Decorative Trees in garden

Palm trees are the normal tree found in California but may not grow in too many other places.  You need to consider the pros and cons before you select a tree to plant though, as the future results could lead to problems that you don’t want to deal with.  Be sure and plant these types of trees a little further in than right along the border of your property.  Otherwise they could grow on your neighbor’s property, and if they don’t want it, you could be forced to have it removed.

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