Why You Shouldn’t Plant Trees Close To Your House
Trees are valuable assets to any property and provide shade and beauty. However, trees that are too close to your home present a significant safety hazard. Therefore, you must be mindful about where you plant them. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t plant trees close to your home.
1. Your gutters will get clogged
Mature trees drop leaves and twigs in the fall and during windstorms. Over time, debris can build up in your home’s gutters, causing them to become clogged. When your gutters become clogged, water will be unable to properly divert away from your home, which could lead to ice jams, flooding and more.
2. Your foundation can crack
Tree roots can be destructive. Over time, roots can damage your home’s cement foundation. Therefore, when planting a tree, consider how far the roots will travel. Some root systems can extend horizontally more than twice the tree’s height. Trees with aggressive root systems include cottonwoods, silver maples, Norway maples, willows and American elms.
3. Your home can get damaged
If a mature tree is within six metres of your home, it can cause significant damage if it falls, requiring the assistance of an emergency tree service. Severe storms can topple even the most enduring trees. In addition, large branches swaying in the wind can cause severe damage to your home’s windows and roof.
4. Tree roots can interfere with underground utility lines
Besides your home’s foundation, tree roots can damage underground utility lines. Call your utility company before planting a tree to ensure it won’t interfere with any existing lines. It may be best to plant a tree species with a non-aggressive root system if you don’t think you have enough space.
5. Trees can cause the soil to shift
Trees consume a lot of water and can cause the moisture levels in the soil around them to fluctuate. Inconsistent moisture levels can cause the ground around the tree to shift, damaging concrete sidewalks, driveways and more.
If you have a tree too close to your home, consider hiring a professional tree removal service or having it pruned.
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At All Season Tree Service in Edmonton, our arborists will ensure your trees don’t pose a threat to your home or property. Besides tree removal, we also provide tree bracing and cabling services to secure unstable trees. Contact us today to arrange a visit from one of our arborists.