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Old 05-11-2016, 08:56 AM
 
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Your tree looks like it is/was a Live Oak. Are you in the South? They have a short life-span of about 400 years.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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Depending on the plant, I've had some drop all of their leaves after being moved only to come back healthy the next year.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:35 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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i thought the builder should know this too, but when i asked him this afternoon about whether he knows what kind of tree was being planted, he replied no sir.
Personally, if resale is not a concern, i would just get rid off the damn tree, so it makes easier for me to mow the lawn. When i talked to my coworker today at work, he told me having a tree in the yard would actually increase your resale value. Also, all my neighbors have a tree in their front yard, so it would be a little weird if im the only house without a tree.

Well, at least you know your check cleared.


Most builders put the same trees in all the properties, just ask a neighbor what they have, or it should be on your spec sheet if you had the house built.


Generally, trees increase the value of a house. You might also, in a few years, come to appreciate a bit of shade in the front yard.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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It looks like you're in a newer suburb subdivision. Also keep in mind that some HOA require you to have a certain amount of trees. To help keep the beauty of neighborhood up. They don't want everyone to start removing their trees. I think trees, shrubs, flowers, etc does add value and makes the house/neighborhood look less bland.
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:44 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I don't know if landscaping can increase sales price, but it can make a house easier to sell.

Personally, I dislike that single-tree-all-by-itself-in-the-middle-of-the-yard look.
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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I don't know if landscaping can increase sales price, but it can make a house easier to sell.

Personally, I dislike that single-tree-all-by-itself-in-the-middle-of-the-yard look.
Yeah, but it sure beats the Treeless-yards-this-must-be-a-SCUMMY-neighborhood Look.
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:35 AM
 
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we closed on our house in late march of this yr. the builder has plant a tree in the front yard, however, after over a month, the tree seems to be dead. see the attachment file,
Q1. base on the pic i attached, is the tree really dead? there are barely any leaves growing on the branches. I nicked a piece of the branch off, and i didn't see any moist or green, it looked pretty dry.
Q2. what kind of tree do I have?
Q3. Does not having a tree in the front yard affect the resale value? I noticed having the tree makes mowing the lawn to be somewhat inconvenient
Q4. what type of tree is recommended to plant in the front yard? Ideally speaking
1. the tree should not grow too big, otherwise the roots will mess up the foundation.
2. the life span of the tree should be over 10 yrs.
3. it looks visually appealing

Thanks for the help!!!!
Looks like a live oak. Probably not dead. We had a red oak that after 4 years or so is just now coming to life -lol..

It probably didn't cost much. I bought two live oaks at the grocery store a bit smaller than that and paid no more than 20 dollars each.

You should get a pecan tree. More shade and you get a bonus - pecans! They do take lots of water.

Oh, and that tree should also be watered if you want to keep it.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:07 PM
 
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I don't know if landscaping can increase sales price, but it can make a house easier to sell.

Personally, I dislike that single-tree-all-by-itself-in-the-middle-of-the-yard look.
Hopefullyif it is an oak this single tree will grow to be a lovely spreading feature. Certainly from the look of the rest of the street in the picture it will add value to the house and probably to the whole street. It's be anything but an improvement.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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I like the look of mature neighborhoods which in large part has big tree canopies. However, I always see trees that were planted way too close to the house, roots uplifting sidewalks and driveways, branches that were cut at the powerline making the entire tree out of balance. In these cases, the house would've been better off without the tree.
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Old 05-12-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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based on where you live I suggest you plant a Magnolia. Green year around, beautiful white flowers and they grow well in your locale.
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