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landscaping for the fun of kids

My name is Amelia - welcome to my blog! I am the mother of four very active boys ranging from 9 years to 3 years. When I am making improvements around my home and my property, I try to focus on how I can make those improvements while keeping things fun for the kids. This past year, I worked with a landscaper to create an outdoor environment that was fun for the kids, but looked nice from the road. I wanted the landscaper to design some elements into the yard that the kids could limb around on and let their imaginations run wild without having to worry about things getting destroyed in the process.

Latest Posts

Three Landscaping Ideas To Transform Your Backyard Into An Outside Paradise
15 June 2017

If your backyard is overrun with weeds, toys, over

4 Reasons to Remove the Tree on Your Property
6 February 2017

At one point, any tree on someone's property shoul

Retaining Wall Care ~ What Every Owner Needs To Know
30 January 2017

Do you have a retaining wall on your property

Landscape Privacy Solutions For Tricky Situations
30 January 2017

Do you love to spend time in your yard but are unc

Negotiating Nature: 4 Tips for Designing a Great Landscape for Your Business
27 January 2017

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Four Options For Overgrown Shade Trees

An overgrown shade tree usually results when a large species is planted to closely to the home. This results in long canopy branches that overhand the house, as well as a root system that can pose a danger to your foundation or sidewalks. You have a few options you can consider when dealing with the overgrown tree, as the following will show you.

Option #1: Thin the canopy

Often, a large shade tree has an overgrown canopy. This increases the chances for trouble because there isn't sufficient light and moisture penetration through the branches. The result is more branch death and an increased threat of falling branches.

If you want to try and keep the tree, have the canopy pruned and thinned out. The tree service company can remove up to a third of the branches without causing any lasting damage to the tree, in most cases.

Option #2: Head back long branches

If branches are scraping against the roof or siding, or in danger of damaging the house when the tree sways in high wind, then heading back the long branches can help prevent damage to your home.

As a general guideline, you can prune back a branch by about a third of its length without causing major stress to the tree. Cut back all the branches on the tree, though, not just the offending branches. You want the canopy to stay balanced in size and shape.

Option #3: Install a root guard

A long root system can put pressure against foundation walls, eventually resulting in a crack. They can also rise to the surface and damage sidewalks and other paving.

A root barrier can solve this problem. The roots are cut before they reach the foundation or other structure. Then, a metal sheet is inserted vertically into the soil so that the roots can't grow beyond that point.

Option #4: Remove the tree

Sometimes the best option is to remove the tree completely. This is especially true if it is too overgrown to cut back or thin sufficiently to keep it from touching the home, or if installing a root barrier will prevent the tree from having a root ball of sufficient size to maintain it.

A tree removal company, such as Lakeridge Landscaping & Tree Service, can take down the tree safely so it doesn't damage your property. You can then replace it with a smaller-growing tree that will provide shade without being an issue in your landscape.