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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

The 6 Worst Trees For Your Yard

by Eugene Jones

Trees in your yard can be a welcoming addition to your landscape. They can offer a shady place to rest, sturdy branches to climb on, and even a place to set up a tire swing for years of memories. However, there are some trees that offer more hassles than comforts. Steer clear of these six trees that could ruin your lawn, exacerbate allergies, and even kill other plants in your yard.

1. Willow (Salix)

The willow tree is an easily-recognizable tree with its beautiful, sweeping branches and leaves, but looks can be deceiving. This tree has an insatiable thirst and will drain the water from your sewer lines and leach fields. Its long root system can damage underground structures such as utility pipes and the roots of other trees. The wood of the willow is also weak and prone to cracking. The tree itself is a short-lived species, lasting only about 30 years.  You are better off investing in a longer-lasting tree that won't cause damage beneath the surface of your lawn.

2. Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)

The silver maple is a great shade tree and is prominent in the eastern and central United States. However, the roots of the silver maple are shallow and infamous for cracking driveways and invading sewer pipes.  In addition, this tree grows so fast that the branches are often weak. A major storm can easily break the brittle wood. Depending on how close it is to your home, falling branches could potentially damage your roof. At the very least, you will have a lot of debris to clean up.  If you already have a silver maple growing in your yard, contact a tree service (such as Advanced Arbor Care) to help you manage the branches and avoid damage to your home.

3. Mulberry (Morus)

Unless you are a silkworm farmer, stay away from the mulberry. The only redeeming feature of this plant is that it is the silkworm's sole source of food. Otherwise, the mulberry has large surface roots, messy fruit, and tons of pollen. It also produces a shade that is so dense, it blocks out the sunlight and the grass beneath it cannot grow.

4. Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides)

The attractive quaking aspen derives its name from its gently vibrating leaves. This tree is often found in northern climates and higher elevations. The problem with the quaking aspen is its root system. The roots send up dozens of suckers that try to turn into new trees. Once you have one quaking aspen, you will find yourself in a constant battle to keep more from popping up all over your yard.

5. Mountain Cedar (Juniperus ashei)

The bushy mountain cedar is most common to south central United States. In the winter, this tree releases enormous amounts of pollen. If you have pollen allergies, you will want to stay clear of the mountain cedar. You may also want to avoid planting this tree out of consideration for your friends and neighbors who may have allergies.

6. Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)

The black walnut's claim to fame is beautiful cabinets and furniture that can be made from its wood. As a tree in your yard, however, there is nothing to adore about it. In addition to the large amounts of pollen it generates, it also produces copious amounts of nuts that you will have to clean up in the fall. The worst part about this tree, though, is that it secretes growth-inhibiting toxins that will kill nearby plants, especially tomatoes. So, if you plant a black walnut, you can say goodbye to your flower beds or vegetable gardens.

If you already have any of these trees growing in your yard, you can contact a tree service to help you get rid of them or remove dangerous branches, as in the case of the silver maple. They will be able to remove the tree or branches without damaging your house, deck, or electrical wires. If you are planning on planting a tree to add to your landscape, avoid these six and your lawn will thank you.