by Amy Gordon
(last updated May 9, 2018)
When planting trees, some don't think ahead of the size the trees will grow up to be. If you are planting a small tree in your yard, it is very important to realize that the tree is going to get bigger. Depending on the type of tree that you have planted, it can get much bigger, sometimes up to thirty or forty feet tall. Make sure that you put the small tree in a place where it will have plenty of room to grow, because if the tree gets too big in the wrong spot, you may have to cut down and remove the tree or risk damaging something even more valuable.
Something else you need to keep in mind is that tall trees require long roots. If you have a thirty-foot tree, it may have twenty- to thirty-foot roots. If you have planted the tree too close to your foundation, the roots can grow their way into the foundation of your house and make your house unstable. Roots this big also have a tendency to grow their way into water lines and sewage pipes. If roots get into these things, other disasters will ensue. Nobody wants to deal with floods or toilets that will not flush, two common things to happen if the roots get where they should not be.
Another thing that you should keep in mind about large trees is that they take a lot of water from the ground. If they are given enough clearance from your house, this should not be a problem, but if the tree is allowed to grow near your home, the roots can dry out the earth and cause subsidence. Subsidence in the wrong place can lead to broken pavement and a crumbly foundation.
Many surveyors will recommend the removal of high trees near to your property and some insurance companies insist on being made aware of tall tress near your home. These large trees can lower your property value and make your insurance rates go up. So just be careful when you decide to plant a tree to plant trees that don't grow too large or to plant large trees far from your house.
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