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

Your house is your very own unique space, customised to suit your taste. Therefore, if you choose the right kinds of shrubs, plants, or trees for your yard, you can create the same kind of ambience that you enjoy inside your house. A thoughtfully-made landscape creates a beautiful and relaxing environment, but if you plant the wrong ones in the wrong place, it can reverse the effect and end up giving you a headache instead of a joyful haven. 

We, at ProArb Canterbury, understand the value that trees can add to space because we are, after all, tree service professionals. However, it’s essential to have knowledge of the best locations for planting them, as well as those that should be avoided. 

We can provide you with guidance regarding the care and maintenance of trees, and we can also explain the myriad of reasons why you should avoid planting trees in close proximity to your house. Continue reading down below to find out more. 

Accumulation of leaves, twigs, and branches

It’s not unusual to see storms in Canterbury. Rainfall is very common in the city, which can often turn into heavy, stormy weather. Therefore, homeowners are accustomed to the heavy rain and wind gusts that can leave their yards littered with fallen leaves, twigs, and even large branches. These natural occurrences can cause damage to a home’s exterior.

When trees are planted too close to a house, the homeowner runs the risk of eventually experiencing an accumulation of twigs and leaves on the roof and in the gutters of the house, which can lead to damage to the roof or siding.

Spreading roots

Once you’ve narrowed down your top choices of trees for plantation, it’s important to take the time and research two important aspects:

  • How large the trees are likely to get over time, and
  • How the roots are going to grow.

In general, trees will develop a crown that is between one and three times as wide as it is now, and in some cases, they’ll develop roots that are twice as wide as the tree is tall. It is important to remember to plant trees in a place located at quite a distance away from foundations, water pipes, sidewalks, and septic lines if the tree in question is one of the many varieties of maple, willow, or elm that have more aggressive root systems.

If you don’t have enough room for a tree to grow to its expected size, you should either choose a species that can grow to a smaller size or come up with a different landscaping option that would be more appropriate for that specific area. Owing to a tree’s complex rooting system, letting it grow too close to a building’s foundation or a utility line can result in the tree exerting pressure and causing severe damage. This is a critical consideration if you intend to stay in your house for an extended period of time. As the tree keeps aging, its roots will keep growing deeper and spreading towards more expansive areas. If they are able to work their way into the foundation of your house, this can lead to cracks or put the structural integrity of the house at risk in other ways.

If you are concerned about the root systems of the trees in your yard, you do not have to get rid of them immediately. However, there are situations in which this might be the best course of action. If you require a complete tree felling service in Canterbury, our skilled team is available to perform the work for you, and we will gladly provide you with a free estimate.

Tree or branch falls can cause damage

Having a mature tree too close to your house can cause problems in a number of different ways. Its large branches can get easily blown into the house through the windows or even up onto the roof by the wind, snow, or any rough weather. The possibility that a tree, close to your house, will fall over something or someone, is even a bigger threat since this event can turn into something destructive and/or fatal.

Some trees are more likely to develop weak wood than others, which makes them more likely to be attacked by insects and increases the risk of the tree becoming ill or dying. This, in turn, creates a greater potential for injury from falling.

However, if you feel it doesn’t need a tree felling job at the moment, then you can contact an arborist in Canterbury to find out about other suitable options.

Soil moisture levels

The varying amounts of water, that are necessary to maintain a tree’s life can be traced back to the trees themselves, which are responsible for causing the moisture levels in the soil to shift. If a tree is situated too close to a house, this can result in significant issues, as the constant movement of the soil causes the foundation to be subjected to pressure, which can eventually lead to cracks or shifting in the structure.

During the settling of the concrete

During construction work, as the concrete starts to settle, there is an increased likelihood that it’ll crack and shift. A large root system can make things worse for an already cracked sidewalk or cement foundation. If there is a lot of shifting, either naturally or because of tree roots, or a combination of the two, it can make the home or sidewalk less stable and weaken them.

ProArb Canterbury’s Tree Felling Services

What should you do if you already have well-rooted trees on your property? We do a lot more than just give recommendations on where new trees should be planted. We have many years of experience and are, therefore, confident that we can meet your tree care needs, starting from an initial assessment to the removal of unwanted parts. The following are some of the services that we provide:

Tree risk assessment

With our expert observational eyes, we can identify potential flaws in the tree’s health and safety by employing the assistance of our skilled team of professionals to carry out an assessment of both the tree’s health and its potential dangers. Preventive tree care has the potential to save you thousands of dollars in repair costs that may otherwise incur.

Preventative maintenance

This entails performing tasks such as trimming and pruning, as well as fertilizing the trees and shrubs that are located on your property. In addition to this, we clear out trees and remove any dead wood that may be present. The end result is trees will not only have an attractive appearance but also have the best possible chance of living a long and healthy life.

This makes trees look nice and gives them the best chance of living a long, healthy life.

The removal of stumps and roots

We can take care of the stump and root removal for you, whether you had a tree cut down, had a branch break off and fall close to the ground, or had the whole tree cut down. Some clients require that the entire root ball and tree roots be ground out, but the majority of them just want the tree stump to be reduced in height to the point where it can be covered with sod or topsoil and then the grass will grow in it. This often falls under our tree felling services in Canterbury.

Fertilization of the root system

By carrying out this procedure, we’ll be able to reinstate vital nutrients into the soil for the absorption of trees, thereby enhancing their vitality and health and providing assistance to trees that may be currently struggling.

When it comes to determining what is best for your home, property, and trees, ProArb Canterbury’s Tree Service is happy to share our knowledge and guidance with you in order to help you make the best choice possible. 

Over the past few years, we’ve been serving professional tree care businesses in Christchurch, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Waimakariri District and North Canterbury. Our staff members have received extensive training so that they can assist you in making the most educated decisions possible regarding your trees.

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