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Old 05-11-2018, 07:48 PM   #21
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I’m curious, why are silver maples bad? What is a better choice?

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Old 05-11-2018, 09:06 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by WileyLogHomes View Post
That's a silver Maple. I'd pass on planting it if I were you, it's probably the worst of all the maples
I grew up in a development of row ho.....Ahem Townhouses.
Every house got a Silver Maple Tree in the middle of the front yard, between the houses if it was middle house and in the center of yard for the end units. About seven foot over from the tree and about seven foot down were the terracotta sewer lines. After the trees were about 8 years old, the troubles began. It got to the point three different roto-rooter companies wouldn't even service the neighborhood. Each block had about 30 houses on both sides, so 20 trees both sides. Today there are only about 5 of those original trees on that block. I remember my dad took ours down branch by branch with a hand saw.

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Old 05-12-2018, 12:19 AM   #23
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I have planted approximately 700 trees on my 3 acres over the years.
Ash, many varieties of maples, Aspen, Basswood, Blue Spruce, Austrian Pine, White Pine, Black Hills Spruce, Hybrid Poplars, and some Balsam Fir.
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Old 05-12-2018, 03:14 AM   #24
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The Silver Maple tree can become a real nuisance for a home owner or business owner. Since the tree is fast growing the wood is softer and more brittle than as slow growing hardwood tree. The tree is easily damaged on windy days and does not fare well in heavy snow or when coated in ice by freezing rain. Downed branches are common and a regular chore to dispose of. The favorable characteristics, shade and fast growth, lend themselves to future problems with this species. The root system of the tree grows shallow and will result in an uneven lawn. Great care is required when mowing the grass lawn growing at the base of the Silver Maple or the mower blades will likely strike the protruding roots. If planted too closely to a foundation or sidewalk, the roots can cause upheaval of the walkway and crack foundation masonry. The roots are also known to invade septic fields and damage well pipes requiring costly replacements or repair. The branches and trunk commonly fork and requires careful pruning. Additionally, the dense foliage that provides shade in the hot summer months demands late fall raking cleanup; the tree holds it's leaves longer than most other trees.
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Old 05-12-2018, 04:14 AM   #25
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I would recommend that you plant all of your trees plumb. ;)

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Old 05-12-2018, 04:47 AM   #26
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as for a better choice, red maples, pin oaks,(though I wouldnt plant a pin oak by a pool because of the acorns) depending on the size of tree I also really like redbud and dogwoods
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:21 AM   #27
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A fun and yet, Informative thread...........

Good information on the silver maple. Want very badly to cut down one behind my house. Its on neighbors property but makes a mess in late= fall as well as spring.
Shes told me to cut it down but, shes older and has onset of dimensia.
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:11 AM   #28
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Now it all makes sense. I thought the volunteers were from the maple we have out in the front yard, but now I don't think so. In the last place we lived, there was a maple in the middle of the backyard, near where all the flower pots were. While we lived there it suffered major damage from an ice storm, and it also had 3 co-dominant trunks and was starting to split down between them. It was also dropping smaller branches all the time.

I recommended to the landlord that they have a tree pro take a look, which they did. Considering that one of the trunks was leaning right over the house, and the damage that has already happened from the ice, they decided to take it down. I slept easier after that.

Thanks for the info, Wiley. Amazing how this random thread saved me a huge hassle.

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Old 06-23-2018, 06:49 PM   #29
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