You've heard the words to the song, "Long and Winding Wisteria," right?
Sing this to the Beatles tune, "Long and Winding Road."
The long and winding Wisteria that leads to your deck
Will never disappear.
I've seen that Wisteria before, it always leads me here.
Leads me to your deck.
It's never a good idea to plant Wisteria and allow it to wrap itself on and around house parts, particularly a deck. It will take it over!
Once the Wisteria was so pervasive and overgrown that it took over the deck I was inspecting, literally holding it up! You can read about it here.
Wisteria will grow thick and strong.
In that previous post it was holding up the deck, having literally moved the posts!
On this deck the Wisteria is only a couple of years old.
Here it can be seen moving the guardrail in the left photo. And in the right photo it is growing through, and moving, the deck guardrail caps.
As it grows, Wisteria will slowly move, and change, the deck and deck parts, the deck's strength, the deck's appearance and the deck's safety. It is not a good thing!
This plant needs to be removed before it does further damage.
My recommendation: understand what you are doing before you plant something. Learn about the plant's characteristics, it's habits, it's size and future. This is exceptionally relevant information. Too close is too close. Too big is too big. However pretty, or fragrant a plant may become, if it becomes too large or creates a damaging or dangerous circumstance, it should never be planted in the first place!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
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