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Sure, the way your home looks inside is a big deal when preparing to sell – but what happens outside also matters. The curb appeal of your home (or lack of) is one of the first impressions your home makes on a potential buyer – and if you don’t want your landscaping to spoil that impression, there are a few plants and trees to avoid.

Do not plant invasive species

Invasive plants are species that are not native to the region and have properties that can overwhelm the local ecosystem. This type of plant grows quickly and creates a difficult environment for the native plants try to grow around them. The Bradford pear tree, for example, produces beautiful white flowers during flowering and creates a picturesque scene – but it easily spreads its seeds and suffocates the flora around it.

Environmental location Closing the gap offers an alternative: the “down berry”, a native tree that produces a small red fruit that is edible for humans and animals and has striking white flowers in April. The Japanese barberry is another invasive species that is aggressive enough even pests hate it. An invasive plant will cause a number of headaches for a new homeowner, so avoid planting it, especially if you know you will be selling your home soon.

Too many trees are a turnoff for a homebuyer

We all like a little shade, but too many trees can make a home less attractive. An overload of trees can make the house look closed and make the curb less attractive. Landscape architect Gregg Spadaro said Kristen Mosier at BobVila.com that “too many trees near the floor plan of the house pose a storm damage risk, while a lack of open space is a disadvantage for families with young children.”

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So if your choice is yours, plant a few bushes and a few trees for privacy and shade and leave it at that.

Thorny plants can put families off

Aside from plants that take up the physical space of your garden, there are a few that are particularly of concern to families. Plants with sharp edges and spikes can be difficult for families with young children, who are likely to spend endless hours walking around the yard.

Big cacti like that Prickly pear, can grow 5 feet tall by 10 inches wide with spikes that can injure any child or curious pet (not to mention adults). Avoiding cacti is difficult for homeowners who love desert-style landscaping, but softer options like that silky thread grass, a large bushy desert shrub, or Helen von Stein lamb’s earthat have “big, flaky silver leaves” are all nice alternatives.