Even pulling up to the house I saw a tree very near to the corner and it was large! And I thought, trees usually don't get any smaller.
I don't know why people get the idea to put a tree so close to the house when it is obvious that even with minimal care it will still grow larger!
And some trees grow really large!
This tree is six feet from a corner porch.
It is a Brown Birch. It can get 120' high and 80' wide.
Here it is framed in a little, raised garden, surrounded by a thin stone retaining wall.
The wall is cracking substantially in four places!
And it's too bad. It really is a gorgeous little garden and the wall is very nicely done. It snaked all along the front of the house.
But trees do what trees do!
Landscaping can add to the value of a house. But be smart! Plan ahead! Understand what is being planted!
My recommendation: when you get the idea to plant trees near the house, make sure of three things:
1. They are miniature trees! The small Japanese Maples are popular the beautiful and only grow six or eight feet high. There are many such ornamental trees that complement a house wonderfully.
2. The root system is mostly a tap system, going down and not out. Trees with aggressive roots that expand outward can be damaging to driveways, sidewalks, porch stairs, decks, foundations, and gardens with pretty walls! They collect and retain moisture around the house and cause underground erosion and sink holes!
3. The branches are not so near that they can damage siding and roofs! Because they will.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560