Think Twice Before Planting These Trees In Your Yard

Let’s face it, trees are absolutely gorgeous. I may have fallen a little bit in love with every tree I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Just because all trees are beautiful that doesn’t mean that all trees are great to have in your yard. Some trees make better yard trees than others.

You have to weigh the pros and cons of any tree that you want to introduce to your garden. Keep reading to find out which trees may create more problems than they’re worth.

Birch Trees Take Over Your Space

Straupitz: A birch forest with its distinctive white-black trunks in a forest on the edge of the Spreewald is coloured in autumn.
Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images
Photo by Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

Birch trees are absolutely iconic. We would recognize that white bark anywhere. They are picturesque and painterly and everything good about trees. However, they are also quite invasive. Once you plant them, nothing will grow near that tree. Birches have shallow roots that make the surrounding soil super hard.

Birch trees also attract a garden-destroying pest called the bronze birch borer. These beetles lay their eggs in birch trees, and their larvae feed on the insides of plants.