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Landscaping/Crabapple question

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We're making plans to put a fence in our backyard, but need to finish some landscaping first, since we'll have extremely limited access to do anything after the fence is in. We're removing some bare spruce trees and replacing them with a new privacy planting along the neighbor's back fence that separates our property from the lot directly behind us.

We also have a crabapple tree and a serviceberry tree on either end of the spruce. So my question is - since we're removing the spruce anyway, should we remove the crabapple too while we're at it? I'm leaning toward replacing that too, since we're replacing other things anyway, it doesn't cost that much more to do so, and I'd rather have peace of mind than worry about it. That tree drops a lot of stuff all over the yard, and Koa puts everything in her mouth. I know we still need to watch her no matter what, and maybe she'll somewhat outgrow putting everything in her mouth, but I'd rather remove as much risk as possible since we're going through the removal/replanting process anyway.

Am I overreacting or would you do the same in this situation? I'm wondering about the serviceberry, too. I can't find them on the ASPCA list (good or bad), and I find conflicting or nonconclusive info on other websites, so if anyone knows about serviceberry toxicity, please let me know.

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I would think that the crabapple and serviceberry would be ok. I know birds eat serviceberry and I know that crabapples are edible for humans and wildlife. However, I found a couple of links regarding crabapples that disagree. So I guess maybe the fruit is ok but not the seeds.

Here's a link I found for serviceberries. https://ask.extension.org/questions/375672

Here's one on crabapples. https://www.growerexperts.com/are-cr...onous-to-dogs/

I suppose it could be safe, but maybe best to remove the apple tree as you never know when they will decide to eat the seeds. I'm definitely not an expert.



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A friend of mine recently removed her crab apple tree...not because of dogs...she does not even have one. She said they really make a mess!
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A friend of mine recently removed her crab apple tree...not because of dogs...she does not even have one. She said they really make a mess!
They DO make a mess - it gets spread across our entire yard. Even now in the middle of winter our lawn is covered in snow and crabapples. The tree is in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous for all of about 1 week out of the whole year, so maybe we'll enjoy it one last time this spring and get a nice picture before we say goodbye to it.

The quote below from the link that Jackie sent (thank you!) is enough to scare me out of keeping it. It's just not worth the risk to me. I want to enjoy my yard without having to grab all the things out of Koa's mouth...we still have a ways to go on Leave it.

"If your pet has only ingested a small amount of crab apple leaves, seeds, or stems, and is experiencing some vomiting, diarrhea or other fairly mild symptoms, you may be inclined to think that everything is okay, but you should still contact your vet or get in touch with your local poison control center, because the real damage may not show up right away.

In some cases symptoms gradually worsen over a period of hours, or even days, and if you choose to wait it out and see what happens, it could be too late for your precious puppy by the time you do seek help."
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I would get rid of any tree that makes any type of fruit or berry. Some dogs may ignore them, other's never grow out of it. In fact, buy a tree that doesn't loose it leaves if you want a tree in the back yard.

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I would avoid trees that produce acorns in case your dog is like my yorkie...he can jam 6 of them in his mouth and sneak them in. Problem with trees that do not lose leaves...you may have to deal with pine cones. Mine never bother with those but some dogs might.
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