Trees can can easily become convenient fence posts, light poles and ornament stands. Don't be tempted into using a standing tree for purposes of utility and decoration by attaching them with permanent invasive anchors.
This yard-of-the-month looks beautiful and you would never suspect damage being done to the trees. If you look real close at the middle tree, you will see a flag pole (not in use this day). To make matters worse, there are display lights anchored to the other trees as night display lights.