12 Trees That Will Ruin Your Yard

Don’t even think about planting these pests.

We love trees. They can provide shade; fall, spring, or year-round color; and plenty of visual interest no matter where they're planted. They’re habitats for our avian neighbors. They’re just plain pretty. A yard without trees is a forlorn space indeed—however, there are more than a few tree species that are more trouble than they’re worth. In fact, there are some trees you just shouldn’t plant. Ever. These are the trees that will invade. They have roots that will tear up your lawn. They’re short-lived and high-maintenance, and they’re terrible choices for your yard. Because there are so many easy-care trees out there, why choose one that will potentially ruin your yard? Keep an eye out for these trees, and avoid them at all costs. For more information, and if you’re planning to plant this season, check out our guide to Tree Planting 101.


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