Trees that sprout up out of seemingly nowhere are not typically the trees you plant. You would rather have more control over what grows in your yard, to be sure. But there are forces in nature that have other ideas about where trees should grow, and that tends to create a lot of problems. Here is how these unwanted trees landed in your yard, and why they are a major hassle.
The Squirrels Did It
Squirrels are notorious for grabbing up seeds, nuts, and seed pods and burying them somewhere to overwinter. These silly creatures assume that they are hiding food for winter, but most of the time, squirrels do not remember the thousands of places where they have buried their cache. That is how you get these unwanted trees; from the nuts and seeds that the squirrels buried. The forgotten nuts and seed pods actually start growing roots down into the soil in late fall, and then they go into suspended animation until spring. When everything warms up and thaws out BOOM! you have a baby tree in your yard.
The Birds Did It
Birds tend to eat a lot of seeds from seed pods. They will also eat nuts, when nuts are left out for them to eat and/or scavenge. When birds defecate, the seeds are not fully dissolved and the fecal matter acts as fertilizer. Bird feces contribute to the growth of trees all day every day.
The Wind Does It
The wind is able to carry maple leaf pods (a.k.a., "helicopters") down from the trees to the ground. Some might even blow away on the wind to land in a neighbor's yard. The point is, the wind also has a hand in planting trees where you do not want them.
Why These Trees Are a Hassle
These trees planted by nature are a hassle because they are unwanted and unwarranted. Some grow so quickly it is almost impossible to pull them from the ground before they become saplings. Worse still, when these trees are not dealt with within the first year or two, they will continue to grow and create more problems. Once they are really big, they can encroach on neighbors' property lines, hang their limbs over roofs where they can cause serious damage if the limbs ever break off and fall, and even tear up the soil if they cannot form solid and deep roots. Before any of your unwanted trees get that far and cost you thousands of dollars of damage, call tree trimming services like the Houston Tree Service Team to take care of these trees.