Chapter Five: A Gutter Guard for Backyard Trees
Oak Tree or maple seed, we got a gutter guard for your backyard trees.
Keep reading to find out exactly how to solve you gutter guard issues based on the type of tree you have.
Best Gutter Guards for Oak Trees
Every homeowner with oak trees in their backyard knows how messy they can become every spring. Oak trees drop tons of husks and seed buds that completely cover your yard and roof. Depending on your location you might refer to these oak tree husks as oak tassels or catkin.
No matter what you call them, we have the information to make sure you have the knowledge to handle this type of spring debris.
Keep reading to learn more.
Oak tree tassels are only about half-inch in size. Despite its small size, they fall in such large quantities that they can quickly coat your house. This becomes especially true with gutters, which easily hold hundreds of oak tassels and, if left unchecked can become clogged.
Have a gutter guard? What kind?
Some gutter guards don’t stand a chance against oak tassels because they have slits or large openings where the tassels can easily slip through. Gutter covers with slits, spaces or openings of any size are still not small enough to prevent oak husks from getting in.
The problem only gets worse when it rains because these husks get soft and easier to slip through the small spaces. Once water hits them, the husks are able to flow with the water and get through slots and perforations of most covers. This leads to clogged gutters and makes gutter cleaning and repair more difficult since the gutter cover must be removed to get the debris out of the gutter.
As time passes, these oak tassels grow and build up eventually releasing pollen which only adds to the spring debris on your roof and gutters and gutter guards.
The best type of gutter guard that would work with this type of debris have micro mesh filters which can’t be penetrated by those pesky oak tassels. Get the self-cleaning patented Higginbotham technology which only the MasterShield gutter guard can give you with its micro mesh filter system.
Now you could try to let Mother Nature rid your roof of these tree droppings, but be aware that it will take a LONGGGG time for this to happen.
You need gutter covers for oak tassels and we got them!
Above you will see an image of oak tassels on a roof. These tassels fell in early May but the image was taken in mid-June. Over a month has passed by and this spring debris has yet to work its way down the roof.
The thing with debris, once your roof starts collecting some, it collects more and more. They can sit on your gutter guards too. The sad truth is that spring debris doesn’t magically disappear on the roof, it need to be occasionally clean off.
Again, if you decide to do nothing, the debris will SLOWLY work its way down, maybe with the help of a big rainstorm but in normal rain storms, not much will happen. You could try to let the wind take care of the issue, but the wind tends to pick up mostly in November and not much in the spring or summer.
The best thing to do this spring is to brush off these tassels from the gutter guard to keep your gutter guard functioning properly.
Best Gutter Covers for Maple Seeds
During the spring, maple helicopters attack your home like a raging snow storm. Whether you refer to them as maple seeds or helicopter whirligigs, these bad boys definitely know how to move swirl around.
Their size and maneuverability allows them to easily travel around your backyard and roof. However, the concave shape of your gutters make them perfect resting place for the helicopter leaves.
Got a gutter guard? You’re not safe from these flying machines either.
If you have a solid cover gutter guards or guards with wider perforated holes are forced to deal with these seeds getting stuck in the holes or slipping in through the large openings. This can cause homeowners a lot of problems since clogs form and water can’t properly flow through the gutter system.
The best thing to do this spring is get a MasterShield gutter guard with our micro mesh screen.
Even the smallest helicopter leaf is not small enough to penetrate our filter.
Gutter covers for maple seeds is what you need!
MasterShield micro mesh filter prevents maple seeds from ever getting into your gutters and damaging the integrity of your gutters. Anything thicker than a strand of hair will not be able to penetrate this gutter guard.
It is important to note that no matter the type of gutter guard you have, maple helicopters can still pile up on your gutter guard and prevent water from getting inside your gutters in the first place. Gutter guards that have the same pitch of as your roof, like MasterShield, are able to shed maple seeds more efficiently with the help of wind.
With a MasterShield gutter guard you won’t have to deal with the headaches of maple seed clogging up your gutters.
Gutter Guards for Sweet Gum Trees
Sweet gum trees look great in your backyards, but their seeds are a complete nightmare for your gutters.
Sweet gum trees are native to the Southeast through Central Florida area. However, it’s common to see them in northern states as well, and even as far west a California. They are decently large in size and produce wonderful and colorful leaves. But beauty is not the only thing that drops from sweet gum trees.
Every year, around the springtime, sweet gum trees release their flower buds; gulf ball sized seeds with many small spikes. Walking outside your door and stepping on these can be really painful. Not only do these trees make walking around the outside of your house annoying, it also creates problems in your gutters.
These seeds easily pile up in you gutters, causing clogs and other gutter problems. Mix in these seeds with other spring debris and large amounts of sap, and you have a huge mess on your hands.
Now, can gutter guards stop sweet gum balls from falling off the tree?
Of course not.
But don’t worry we can still help you. Micro mesh gutter guards like MasterShield can never be infiltrated by prickly sweet gum balls. Only things as thin as a strand of hair can get inside our gutter guard. With a micro mesh gutter guard you won’t have to deal with annoying sweet gum balls crowding your gutters.
But wait there’s more!
We have a couple bonus tips for you:
Tip 1: Due to the excess amount of sap that comes from sweet gum trees, in general, we recommend spraying your roof with the hose if your house is under a sweet gum tree since it is likely to get covered in tree sap. It’s fairly simple. If your house is not too high, this can even be done from the ground.
Tip 2: When cleaning up the balls, be sure to wear sturdy shoes and a rake to help clean them up. Consider using a paper bag to put all the balls since they are likely to point through plastic bags.
Gutter Guards for Fir Trees
Fir needles are light and travel with the wind. Although they travel with the wind, they are prone to blanket the roofs nearby. Needles sit on people’s roof until the wind pushes them down, towards the gutters.
Unprotected gutters make the perfect place to collect these needles. If you don’t have a gutter guard, get one to avoid dealing with this problem.
Homeowners with this type of tree should plan to have their gutters cleaned as frequently as every 6-8 weeks during the spring. This is because fir trees require constant upkeep and shed tons of fir needles, bark dust, and pine cones. All these things wreak havoc on your gutters.
Consider having a gutter guard which is pitched at an angle that allows debris to fall from towards the ground. A gutter guard that has the same pitch as your roof would be your best bet. Our MasterShield leaf guard is designed specifically for situations like this.
Tip 1: Be aware the needle production cycle. Fir needs are more prevalent during the fall but they also become a huge issue during drought conditions in the spring and summer as well. This overabundance than causes greater issues during summer thunder showers. We’ll talk about this more in our next tip.
Once fir needles become wet, they are likely to stick on to whatever surface they get attached to. They essentially glued on needles can create potential clogs for leaf guards with slits, louvers, perforations or anything big enough for the needles to slip in.
You will have to clean out fir needles from valleys, as well. Whether you have a gutter guard or not, this area will still become infested with fir needles so be aware that this area will have to clean no matter what.
Tip 2: If you live in the Pacific Northwest, where the climate is constantly wet, get a strip of copper attached above the leaf guard to prevent potential algae and moss growth. The copper strip will kill spores that wash onto the leaf guard and minimize the algae and moss growth.
Beware of reverse curve leaf guards.
Fir needles are light and follow the flow of rainwater. If you have a reverse curve leaf guard, the small size of the needle will easily flow into your gutters and often times can create clogs and require frequent gutter cleanings.
Beware of flat pitched fir tree leaf guards.
Completely avoid leaf or guards that lie flat on your gutters! Flat surfaces make fir needle buildup extremely likely and eventually creates a wet and dense mess that the wind will not be able to blow away.
Often times, fir needles cause “nooks” on flat pitched leaf guards. Debris will build up under the shingles in areas where the shingles extend over the leaf guard. Once the needles become wet, they basically stick to the surface. With time, moisture pulls onto your roof shingles and eventually lead to dry rot along the roofline and potentially damage paint
MasterShield is the best product for your issue. Our product is pitched with your existing roof line, making it a self-cleaning gutter guard. The micro mesh filter prevents anything thicker than 50 microns, the thickness of a strand of hair, of getting through. The only thing getting into your gutters is water. The product only gets better with our comprehensive warranty.
MasterShield is the gutter guard for you.
Gutter Guards for Pine Trees
Pine trees add great beauty to your home and backyard but those pesky pine needles can be a huge pain.
Pine needles easily clump up and fill your unprotected gutters. Cleaning up hundreds of pine needles mixed with other organic material stuck in your gutters is quite the annoying task.
Take note people: pine needles are not likely to be blown off your roof once they are up there, especially if you have a low pitched roof.
In that case, they are pretty much stuck. The main way for these needles to get off your roof is through rainwater but this takes a very long time to do, longer than you would expect.
Roofs with unprotected gutters can expect pine needles to eventually build up and clog the gutters.
The best thing to do is get a micro mesh gutter guard. The proper gutter guard not only protects your gutters from pine needles but tons of other organic materials which can wreak havoc on your gutters.
Pine needles are very thin but they aren’t thin enough to pass the micro mesh filter on a MasterShield gutter guard.
Beware of gutter guards that lay flat on your gutters; we can’t stress this enough. This type of gutter cover will cause pine needles and other small debris to sit and clump together on top of your gutters, inhibiting proper water flow and potentially causing many costly problems.
Gutter guards with a reverse curve, or a large screen filter, prove to be ineffective when it comes to debris like pine needles since the long and needle-like shape of the seed easily slips through the openings and lead to clogs and gutter malfunctions.
Micro mesh gutter guards that are pitched with the roof line act as your personal roof security guards that prevent any obnoxious tree debris from getting into your gutters.
Cottonwood trees tend to offer the best shade to those who happen to sit under them. But anyone who know about cottonwood trees know that they can grow to be very tall and massive trees. Despite their grand size and immense beauty, their seeds can be a real nightmare.
Every year, primarily between January and March, female cottonwood trees release cotton-like seeds which quickly cover homeowner’s roofs.
The cotton-like seeds, seed hairs, and sap-filled buds seem to have only one goal in mind, to mess with your gutters.
These fluffy hairs and tree seeds cling to the other debris on your roof and create a water resistant blanket over your gutters. This causes rainwater to overflow on the sides of your gutters and fall down into your home’s foundation.
The best thing to do is get MasterShield stainless steel micro mesh gutter guards. Since this guard is pitched with your roof, spring debris and leaves will not build up, unlike other gutter systems.
With our gutter guard, you won’t have to worry about cottonwood seeds or other spring debris clogging up your gutters.
If seeds begin to pile on top of your gutter guard, don’t worry. Simply brush off the area and your cottonwood problem is solved.
And there you have it!
Everything you need to know to make sure your gutters are able to prepare your gutters for the spring.
Be sure to look at our other guides to make sure your gutters are functioning in the winter, fall and summer as well.
These are great resources to learn more about proper gutter and gutter guard maintenance.