We bought a house and it does make a difference for how we feel about putting plants in the yard. When I rented I felt that I didn’t know how permanent my living situation would be and that any improvements I made would just help the landlord sell it for more money. I ended up living there a long time and enjoyed the landscape improvements I did make. It’s funny how that works but I think this attitude toward renting vs. owning a home is more prevalent than not.
Two of the trees here when we moved in were Camphor trees, which have green leaves all year round and were probably planted as a screen. They are commonly planted as street trees, a bad choice as they push up the pavement. One of them was dying so we pulled it out. We found that it was root bound and are guessing that the planter didn’t realize the importance of spreading out the roots of a root bound plant. The other tree seemed to flourish but had a thin rope tied around it to hold it to a stake. The tree tried to grow around the rope which cut into the bark. The rope was stifling the tree’s growth and health so we had to pry it out of the bark.
I’ve planted peppermint below the tree so we now have a Camphor and peppermint area of the yard. I have inflammation issues so this is an example of growing plants right in your yard that are helpful for one’s condition. Camphor is widely used as an analgesic or pain reliever for muscle pain. I have used the Camphor leaves in a bath which was really nice (boil them in water, then strain and put the herbal water into the tub). When we pulled out the dying tree and cut the trunk, it smelled wonderful. I use the fresh peppermint in fruit salads and teas.