12 Worst Trees to Plant in Your Lawn

Written by Thomas Leo Ogren

12 Worst Trees to Plant in Your Lawn Tom Ogren

1.Fruitless mulberry trees: roots break lawnmowers and these trees really pump outrepparttar allergenic pollen. Shade is also too deep for lawns. 2.Sweetgum trees: big roots that poke out ofrepparttar 113429 lawn. 3.Pine trees: root problems and pollen too. 4.Sycamore trees: usually grow way too large for most yards and they produce fuzz that makes people itch. 5.Cedar trees: a female cedar is a nice, pollen-free tree, but grows way too large for most houses and yards. 6. Magnolia trees: these have shallow roots and if you ever have to rototill your yard, if you have a magnolia tree inrepparttar 113430 lawn, you’ll be sorry. Shade is too dense too for most lawns. 7.Lombardy poplars: these common trees grow fast and die young, leaving you with a huge mess. They also are male and produce lots of pollen.

Best Trees for Growing in Lawns

Written by Thomas Ogren

Trees for Lawns

In order to be a good tree to grow in a lawn it needs a number of things going for it. In particular a good lawn tree:

1.Should be deciduous, meaning it should loose all of its leaves inrepparttar winter. This will let in light inrepparttar 113428 wintertime, when light levels are lowest. Deciduous trees also do not block any warming winter sunlight from reachingrepparttar 113429 house. Trees onrepparttar 113430 south or east sides of any house should always be deciduous, never evergreen. 2.Should have roots that do not creep upward intorepparttar 113431 lawn where they’ll be hit by lawnmowers. Roots that grow up intorepparttar 113432 lawn are a real pain, hard to get rid of, and will easily ruin a lawnmower. 3.Should be attractive, or why else even plant it? 4.Should be fairly easy to grow, not too fussy. Always select trees that are know to be disease resistant. 5.Should be able to adapt torepparttar 113433 irrigation a lawn will receive. Certain trees grow well in lawns and others, such as oaks, do not. Plant lawn trees that will thrive in a lawn area, even if it is frequently irrigated. 6.Should be a type of tree that will not have a negative allopathic effect onrepparttar 113434 lawn. For example, eucalyptus or walnut trees produce a substance that kills off other plants below them. 7.Should produce shade that is not too deep. No grass can grow inrepparttar 113435 deepest shade. Branches on lawn trees should ideally be kept fairly high. 8.Should not produce a lot of allergenic pollen. There’s no point in planting a tree that will make you sick every year.

*Note: No lawn tree will grow well when it is young ifrepparttar 113436 grass is allowed to grow right up to its trunk! I can’t stress this enough. A young tree in a lawn should have an area underneath it that is kept totally grass-free forrepparttar 113437 first 4-5 years ofrepparttar 113438 tree’s growth. If lawn is permitted to grow right next torepparttar 113439 trunk of a young tree,repparttar 113440 tree’s growth will almost always be stunted. Even after this period of time it is better to either keeprepparttar 113441 area immediately underrepparttar 113442 tree grass-free, or to plant a low-growing groundcover under it. Trunks of young trees should never be hit with weedwackers. String- trimmers ruinrepparttar 113443 tender bark of many young lawn trees, and then stunt their subsequent growth. Keep a clean area a minimum of 3’wide under any new lawn tree. Even though a lawn has shallow roots and there is little point in watering lawns much deeper than a foot, trees will develop deep roots. To make sure your new tree grows those deep, drought resistant roots, give it a really good soaking once a month from spring until fall. Just put a garden hose nearrepparttar 113444 base ofrepparttar 113445 tree, turn it on low, and let it soak for a long time. Watch mulch aroundrepparttar 113446 trunks of young trees! Mulching trees is a good idea but keeprepparttar 113447 mulch a few inches away fromrepparttar 113448 actual trunk ofrepparttar 113449 young tree. Inrepparttar 113450 wintertime, especially where there is snow cover, it is a darn good idea to put a wrap of ¼ inch mesh chicken wire aroundrepparttar 113451 trunk, to keep mice and rabbits from eatingrepparttar 113452 tender young bark. Many a new tree is killed because of wintertime damage torepparttar 113453 trunk from rodents. If you live in an area whererepparttar 113454 winter temperatures get below zero F, it is a good idea to paintrepparttar 113455 trunks of new lawn trees white. The white paint will reflectrepparttar 113456 winter sun, and will keeprepparttar 113457 sap from warming up and starting to flow inrepparttar 113458 middle of winter. Painted trees are much less likely to get “winter sun scald,” which is what they call it whenrepparttar 113459 bark cracks and splits open, usually onrepparttar 113460 south side ofrepparttar 113461 trunk. Use indoor grade white latex paint for this, and it is perfectly okay too, to paint some ofrepparttar 113462 larger branches. This painting can be repeated each fall with good effect untilrepparttar 113463 tree is about 7-8 years old. Asrepparttar 113464 trees mature their bark will thicken and toughen up, and will naturally be more resistant to freezing andrepparttar 113465 winter sun. Make sure to fertilizerepparttar 113466 new trees twice each season. Use a fertilizer high in N, nitrogen, inrepparttar 113467 springtime, and a fertilizer low in nitrogen and high in potassium inrepparttar 113468 fall. Lawn grass that grows under trees may well need a bit of extra fertilizer throughrepparttar 113469 growing season, asrepparttar 113470 tree roots will absorb much ofrepparttar 113471 lawn fertilizer as well. There are devices with long, hollow spikes on them that screw onrepparttar 113472 end of a hose. You putrepparttar 113473 fertilizer forrepparttar 113474 tree in these contraptions, shoverepparttar 113475 spike down deep intorepparttar 113476 tree’s root zone, and turn onrepparttar 113477 hose. This is a good way to fertilize lawn trees. Existing trees and planting new lawns Many a nice lawn tree has been killed whenrepparttar 113478 owner decides to plant a new lawn, and hauls in extra topsoil to spread. If you coverrepparttar 113479 roots of a tree with several inches of additional soil, you may easily smotherrepparttar 113480 tree roots, killingrepparttar 113481 tree. Ifrepparttar 113482 soil around an existing tree needs to be raised, then you need to build a “tree well,” an area aroundrepparttar 113483 tree, at least four feet wide, whererepparttar 113484 original soil level is maintained. This is especially important with oak trees, which will quickly die ifrepparttar 113485 soil level is raised right up torepparttar 113486 trunk. Manure and lawn trees Never put manure right up torepparttar 113487 trunk of a lawn tree. Fresh manure in particular is especially toxic to young trees. I have seen some pretty nice, large trees killed when their owners mulched them with a thick layer of supposedly “well-cured” horse manure. Even with compost, don’t place it right next torepparttar 113488 trunk ofrepparttar 113489 tree!

Twenty-five Recommended Trees for your Lawn

1.Red Maple ‘Autumn Glory’: Zones 3-9. a large, rounded, handsome female, pollen-free tree, loses its leaves, easy to grow in bluegrass lawns. Great fall color. 2.Red maple ‘’October Glory’: Zones 3-9 a female, pollen-free tree, does especially well in lawns and does not cast a deep lawn killing shade. 3.Red maple ‘Bowhall,’ Acer rubrum ‘Bowhall,’ is an attractive, pollen-free deciduous female tree, with excellent fall color. It grows narrowly upright and is a good lawn tree for smaller yards. Shade is not dense. 4.Crabapple ‘Molten Lava,’ Malus species, Zones 4-9. A smaller, very pretty, flowering crabapple tree, to 10’ tall, with great flowers in spring and small red fruits in fall. Does fine in well-drained lawns, and is an especially disease resistant tree.

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