3 Plants that Ruin your Backyard Design

Posted April 16, 2020 in Landscape Design, Landscape Maintenance

As you gaze into your backyard, you might find yourself imagining plants that will add warmth to your garden or trees that will enhance your landscape. You are probably looking for lush options that are visually appealing, but you find yourself worrying about selecting plants that might cause issues in the future, and you have no clue how to select options that are safe for your family and pets.

At MasterPLAN Outdoor Living, we believe you deserve a backyard that you are proud of, and we don’t think you should be stuck with plants that could attract pests, invade your backyard, or be poisonous to your family or pets. This is why we are sharing 3 plants you should avoid in your backyard design:

  • Bamboo- Invades your backyard! 
    While it’s pretty, once bamboo establishes its root system it can quickly invade your backyard…then move onto your neighbors. If you love the look of bamboo, consider keeping it in reinforced or strong metal planters to avoid the chance of bamboo invading your backyard. When keeping your bamboo in planters, make sure to either transplant it or divide it every few years to keep it healthy and relatively under control.
  • Mulberry Tree- Food for Pests!
    This fruit-bearing tree produces a high pollen count that attracts unwanted pests and berries that will stain your clothes, deck, patio, and vehicles. The thick shade from a Mulberry Tree can also block sunlight and kill your grass. If you love growing fruit but want to avoid the mess and hassle, consider planting other fruit-bearing trees!
  • Aloe Vera- Poisonous for Pets & Children! This low-maintenance plant has a gel that can provide relief to cuts, scrapes, and burns, but it doesn’t belong in your garden. Aloe Vera contains a chemical called saponin, which is extremely toxic to pets and small children. Consider keeping your Aloe Vera plants in pots that are well out of reach from your pets and children.

Visualization is the first crucial step in the journey to creating the backyard of your dreams and being able to see proper planting plans, in full-color 3D imagery, will allow you to select the perfect plants that will add warmth to your garden or trees that will enhance your landscape.


At MasterPLAN, we know that you want to safely spend time in your backyard with your family, friends, and pets. But we understand how worried you are about selecting the right plants that won’t take over your backyard. You are not alone!

This is precisely why MasterPLAN has helped hundreds of Pennsylvania and New Jersey homeowners -just like you- transform their backyards into remarkable outdoor living spaces complemented by plants that will not attract pests, invade your backyard, or poison your family or pets.

Here’s how we do it:

Call –Schedule a design meeting!

Collaborate – Create your perfect plan!

Construction– With an approved design, construction starts!

Celebrate– Raise a toast in the backyard of your dreams!

Transforming your backyard into an outdoor living space will maximize your home value, help you fall in love with your home all over again, and make your backyard a magnet to life’s most important moments!

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR DESIGN MEETING!

(610) 628-2480

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