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When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.

Making Your Trees Like New

4 Outdoor Safety Hazards on Historic Properties & What You Can Do About Them

April Reyes

If you've recently purchased a graceful old home because you've fallen in love with its historic charm, you're probably prepared to have the necessary upgrades performed in order to transform it into a liveable environment for you and your family. For instance, vintage homes often need electrical upgrades because the existing wiring systems can't handle the needs of modern families. You will also want to have any original paint removed and replaced with lead-free paint, particularly if you have children in the home as well as have the plumbing checked out and repaired if needed to ensure that your family's drinking water is clean and safe.

However, many people who by vintage homes and enthusiastically begin work to restore and upgrade them completely forget about the particular hazards found in many old lawn and garden areas. While you'll enjoy mature landscaping such as well-established borders and big, leafy shade trees when you buy vintage property, you also need to be on the lookout for several common safety issues found in older yard and gardens. 

Poisonous Plants

Many common landscaping plants are actually highly toxic, and while attractive, really shouldn't be used in homes where active children are in residence. Examples include oleander, castor bean, foxglove, buttercups, wisteria, and hydrangea. Although some of these old plants are lovely, most parents and grandparents prefer to err on the side of caution and have them removed, especially when very young children are a part of the picture.

If you're in doubt about which garden plants are poisonous and which are not, your local landscape company can perform an assessment of your yard and advise you on which plants should be removed. 

Unstable Outbuildings

Fewer things attract curious children more than outbuildings on a vintage property. These structures have a miraculous way of turning into pirate ships, castles, and other figments of fresh young imaginations—and many of them are not sturdy due to rotten floorboards, loose nails, and other structural defects caused by erosion and the passage of time.

To keep the children safe, older outbuildings should be torn down and replaced with new playhouses. Also, even if the older outbuildings seem structurally sound, keep in mind that they may provide habitat for rodents, which can carry disease such as Hanta virus. 


Besides rats and mice that may have set up housekeeping in outbuildings, urban wildlife is frequently found in the yard and garden areas of older properties because mature landscaping provides more shelter and food for wild creatures than environments that are less established.

Although some wildlife species are relatively benign, children and others may face danger by certain kinds of animals that carry rabies. Some types of wild animals may also carry worms that can be transmitted to domestic pets as well as to humans, and species such as raccoons can be extremely protective if the feel that their young are being threatened. 

Diseased or Dying Trees

Adventurous children often can't resist the opportunity to scamper up a tree, and this can result in injury if the tree has weakened wood due to age or disease. The trees on vintage properties are sometimes well over 100 years old, and even healthy trees of this age sometimes have entire branches comprised of dead or weakened wood.

Even if children don't try to climb them, these trees pose a danger because heavy limbs and branches may blow down during storms, posing a threat to both people and property. One of the first things that you should do after the purchase of your vintage property is finalized is to hire services like R. L. Elliott Enterprises, Inc. to inspect all of the trees to ensure that none of them present a safety risk.