Trees can add character and charm to your yard. They are excellent for use in landscaping, adding value to your home. However, the wrong tree in the wrong place can also wreak havoc on your property and cost you money in the long run. Here are some things to consider when planting trees near your home.
Height of the Tree
Every tree looks perfect for planting near your home when you are looking at the young versions that are sold in the nurseries. But that tree is going to grow considerably once it is planted. You will need to research the tree you are considering and determine how tall it will likely be when full grown. Large trees that grow to 70 feet tall or more should be planted at least 20 feet from your home. Medium-sized trees that are less than 70 feet tall should be planted at least 15 feet from your home. Small trees under 30 feet tall should be planted at least 8-10 feet from your home.
Width of the Tree
In addition to height, you need to consider how wide the spread of the tree will be when fully leaved, as well as how wide the root system will be. An easy way to determine this is to take the measurement of the full spread of a mature tree and divide it in half. Your tree should be planted at least that far from your home.
Finally, you should be aware of the root system of the type of tree you are considering. Many beloved trees have very aggressive roots and should be enjoyed well away from any buildings. These include Weeping Willows, Oak, Poplar and American Elm. Trees with root systems more suitable for planting near your home include Crabapple, Japanese Maple, Flowering Dogwood and American Holly.