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Planting trees is a cheap and effective way to beautify a yard. Trees provide shade, fresh air and privacy. However, getting their benefits is not always as straightforward as it seems. In fact, some trees may even do more harm than good. For example, white poplar is known to shed huge amounts of foliage all year-round, requiring frequent cleaning and maintenance. Knowing what to plant and how to position them can save you a lot of trouble in the future.

Gutter Helmet® makes cleaning gutters with gutter guards simple even with trees around. Read on as our experts at Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore discuss the ways to do it.

Plan Ahead

Some species of trees, like the aspen, have roots that extend radially some distance from the tree, which could cause all sorts of problems underground. While roots are not particularly damaging to solid foundations, they can exacerbate existing cracks and shift the surrounding soil around. Depending on the type of tree you’re planting, try to avoid placing it near your foundation and main pipelines.

Water and Moisture Damage

Falling leaves, seed pods, sticks and even flowers are only a few of the things you can expect from a tree. On their own, these normally do not cause any problems except when they find their way into your gutters. Plant and tree materials are the number one cause of clogged gutters in many homes. This, in turn, starts a domino effect of water-related issues particularly on your roof, siding and walls.

Regular Inspections

Your routine maintenance should include keeping your trees free of any visible signs of trouble. Visible damage could lead to larger problems such as fallen branches and other hazards. Try to keep trees planted away from your home to prevent further issues.

Make cleaning gutters with gutter guards easy with Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore. We are your leading provider of Gutter Helmet, and all related gutter protection products. Give us a call at (866) 333-8150 or fill out our online contact form to request a free estimate and schedule a visit today. We serve Salisbury, Maryland, and the surrounding areas.