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Why You Shouldn’t Plant Trees Too Close to Your Home

Trees bring a wealth of benefits to our surroundings. They offer shade, contribute to landscape aesthetics, and serve as a sanctuary for local wildlife. A mature tree can even improve your property’s value. 

However, while trees may be a desirable addition to your home’s landscape, they must be strategically planted to avoid drawbacks. Planting trees too close to your house can cause more harm than good, leading to many problems that could compromise your property’s safety and cost you a hefty sum in repair bills. A tree in the wrong place can quickly change from an asset to a liability.

What Happens When You Plant a Tree Too Close to Your House

Planting a tree near your home might seem like a good idea. The nearness allows easy access to its shade, making the view quite appealing. However, without careful consideration, this short-term benefit could turn into long-term trouble or even need to be removed

When trees are planted too close to your home, they can cause a variety of problems, including:

  • Root invasion: One of the major risks comes from the tree roots, which can grow outward, disturbing your home’s foundation, plumbing lines, and even paving. Over time, root invasion can lead to serious structural issues that require costly repairs.
  • Damaged roofs and gutters: As trees mature, their branches may stretch out and scrape against the roofs, windows, and gutters, causing damage. Leaf accumulation in gutters can lead to water overflow and, eventually, water damage.
  • Increased pest access: Trees can serve as bridges for pests, such as rodents and insects, to enter your home.
  • Storm damage: In extreme weather conditions, trees can fall or drop branches, threatening your home’s safety.

You can enjoy the benefits of trees while steering clear of these potential pitfalls. The key lies in careful planting and thoughtful foresight.

Best Places To Plant Your Trees

So, you’ve decided to plant a tree. That’s a great first step! However, choosing the type of tree is just one part of the equation. You also need to determine where exactly this tree should go. The location you choose can have a substantial impact on both the health of the tree and the safety of your property. Just as you wouldn’t place a sun-loving plant in the shade or a moisture-hungry fern in a dry spot, trees also have specific needs that need to be considered.

Here are some general tips to help you choose the best location:

  • Check the maturity size: Before planting a tree, research its expected height and spread at maturity. Use this as a guide to ensure there’s enough room for the tree to grow without interfering with your home.
  • Factor in root growth: Remember that a tree’s root system can often spread as far as the tree is tall. Make sure your chosen spot won’t risk root invasion into your home’s foundation or utility lines.
  • Respect the power lines: Keep trees a safe distance from overhead power lines. If trees grow too close, they may need to be pruned or removed.
  • Consider the sun: Trees can offer great shade and help reduce energy costs. Place them strategically so they shade your home during the hottest parts of the day.

Remember, choosing the right tree and place to plant it requires careful planning.

Get Expert Tree Service With Bratt Tree Company

With over 30 years of experience serving the Twin Cities region, Bratt Tree Company is committed to ensuring your trees’ health and property safety. Our team of ISA Certified Arborists provides professional guidance on the best practices for tree planting, including optimal locations and suitable species for your property.

From pruning to tree removal and plant healthcare, we service both residential and commercial properties, and we stand by our upfront pricing and satisfaction guarantee. We pride ourselves on our community commitment and are here to help you get the landscape you dream of.

Keep the trees in your Twin Cities yard beautiful, healthy, and strong with Bratt Tree Company. Call us at 612-721-4153 to schedule your tree service today.

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