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Why You May Need to Be Wary of Certain Trees in Your Back Garden

If you've just moved into a property that has a number of mature trees in the back garden, you may be wondering how they will affect your property as time goes by. Do you need to be concerned about these trees and wonder whether they will cause any damage? Read on to learn more.

Why Some Trees Are Problematic

Firstly, trees are generally a very important part of everyday life and care should be taken to look after them where all possible. For example, they provide valuable oxygen, can help to shade your property, keep utility bills down and can be very pleasant to look at. Some species, however, are not suitable when placed in close proximity to a house. This is because certain species may need a considerable amount of room beneath the ground in order to thrive and will create an aggressive group structure.

Other species require a lot of moisture in order to live and if placed near to a property can cause damage to the foundations of a building. In addition, any sewer pipes or underground installations nearby can be damaged. Any boundary walls or paths in the garden can also be lifted up, as the root structure finds all available room that is needed in order to grow properly.

In particular, the roots of a water-seeking tree will often purposefully search out areas beneath any pavement, as the environment here tends to be cooler and more acceptable for growth. This is because the paver itself will tend to reflect the heat of the sun, while ordinary soil will tend to absorb it. The root system will also tend to seek out moisture that may form on the outside of sewer or water pipes. As the root structure gradually grows damage to these pipes is almost unavoidable.

What Types of Tree Should Be Avoided?

Generally speaking, any rubber tree or ornamental figs should be removed, as they have especially large anchoring root systems and will need a lot of uninhibited room in order to grow. On the other hand, species such as the weeping willow, or the black poplar need a great deal of moisture in order to thrive and their root systems will certainly seek out underground pipes, or any areas beneath paving stones in order to grow.

if you're unable to identify the species of tree in your back garden, call in in an arborist to help you. A tree removal specialist such as Dowling Tree Services will be able to help you, should you need to make any changes to your landscape.