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Biggie Box Woods

When you see something at an inspection that is so very unusual, it should be shared!  How about some biggie box woods?

The sellers tell me that the front yard at one time was so full of box woods that from the road you could not tell there was a house there!

How old are these box woods?

The house was built in 1928.

In the family room I saw a picture on the wall of the house taken in 1940.

The box woods in that picture were 6 or 8' in diameter!  So I would guess they are about 80 years old!

These beauties come up to about the middle of the second floor window!

 

 

Here is a shot from a bedroom window.

There are probably 30 of these around the property.

Somebody liked box woods!

Here is a shot from the bedroom window.

Now we know just how tall they are!  About 16'.

And they are healthy!  I was very impressed.

The sellers say they don't do anything special for them.  They are just happy, healthy plants.

The azaleas on the left frame, and hide, a patio, with a table and many chairs.  It is a very private spot!

Given enough time, would plants take over the world?

 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 23 commentsJay Markanich • September 14 2011 05:58AM

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Jay: These boxwoods do look healthy and the privacy is good. How in the world do they trim them?

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 9 years ago

The only ones they have trimmed are down along the road Anne.  I was told they started to grow into the plane beside the road and interfered with truck mirrors!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Good morning, Jay. Yes, boxwoods are slow growing plants and can thrive in a vast array of climates...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) about 9 years ago

Michael - it has taken our little 1' box woods in our front yard 14 years to get to a height of about 2.5'!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay - older, well maintained foliage is truly impressive, isn't it?  I had a wonderful line of hibiscus, planted when my house was built, over 7' tall....the last two freezing winters took them all down to greenwood, and only some survived...

Posted by Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty) about 9 years ago

Carol - yes, the freeze line seems to creep further south all the time.  And GA is the peach state!  Not so much any more?  Too bad about those hibiscus.  Maybe you can pot them and bring them in during winter like we do here!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Hi Jay,

With that many trees on the property, It would be a good idea to clean the gutters a few times a year.

"out of sight out of mind".

Everyone forgets about the roof and gutters.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 9 years ago

This house had old-fashioned copper gutters Clint, to maintain their historical appearance, with hand-made covers much like the gutter covers you can get for aluminum gutters!  I was very impressed!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Plants would take over in very little time if we didn't cut and trim. Think about how often you cut your grass. What would happen if you let go, I mean besides the dirty looks from the neighbors.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jim - I have been to the Yucatan and seen how long it takes to remove all the trees and roots from pyramids!  And there are apparently thousands of structures they haven't gotten to yet!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay,

I have a few photos where people let their plants grow and I have shown them how their house was being ripped apart by those plants. There is amazing power in plants. A home does not stand a chance given a little time.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, did you actually say you were impressed with the gutters ? Whats up with that lol

Boxwoods are very nice for all sorts of yard creations, watch them grow (like drying paint) or sculpt them

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) about 9 years ago

For sure Don.  These were all 25' or more from the house.

Don M. - I did!  If I had to guess, I'd say these gutters are original to the house (copper) and had hand-made covers which looked like they have been there since long before the modern gutter covers were introduced!  This guy was way, way ahead of his time!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay -- the Police and crime fighters would probably be upset that there are so many places for the "undesireables" to hide close to the house.  But it does make for a beautiful setting.

Regarding the question about the plants -- think of how long it takes plants to take over an abandoned road.  And our friends in GA would be sure to point out how thoroughly Kudzu takes over in just a year or two.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 9 years ago

Steven - yes, maybe.  But this house sits in the middle of a 37 acre horse farm in the country.  If an undesirable wants to hang around he would deal with distance from the road and some really good guard dogs!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

In the front yard we prefer the miniature varieties...not tall enough to prune all that...in the back...lots of 30' pines...such a great natural fence.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 9 years ago

Jay, it seems these owners have found a way to live with their plants without stressing the owners, the home, or the plants.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Sally - ours are 14 years old and not very big!

Chris - nothings seems stressed, but they sure were huge.  This is the same house that has the hugger tree.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Thanks Don, for the points.  I probably don't have the time for another forum, but we'll see...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

There was a house on our street like that at one time.  We had lived on the street for a few years when one day we came home and they were clearing trees on our street and lo and behold a house!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Debra - wow and ha!  These sellers said they had to clear out about a ton of bushes to create the patio behind the house!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

YES. Given no countervailing check by plant eating animals , insects, fungus, etc. plants would take over the world. Isn't that what a forest or jungle is?

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 9 years ago

Yep Robert.  Satellites have revealed thousands of structures on the Yucantan Penninsula, but if you go to Coba in the center there are only a couple even visible when you are standing right beside them!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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