The small yard, small tree myth

Let’s face it, city lots are small lots, but that doesn’t mean large trees won’t fit.  In fact, it means just the opposite.

The problem with small trees is that the top of the tree (the wide part) is close to the ground. With a large tree, the small part (the trunk) is close to the ground.

I see this often with mature small trees: the tree takes up the entire yard and blocks the view of the house.  I don’t find this very attractive but criminals likely do.

Larger trees create canopy over a house, allow for an attractive frame and keep the view from the street clear, which criminals likely find unattractive. In addition, the increased canopy coverage shades your house so it stays cool in the summer.

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