Trees are a beautiful addition to any garden. They add shade where there is none, can help you protect your privacy, and look spectacular. However, every gardener needs to be a little wary of trees for a number of reasons. Plant a humble seed, and you will enjoy watching it grow over the years. But you also have to be careful to control and look after them properly. The following is a list of common tree issues that could damage your gardening efforts significantly – and even cause damage to your home.
Never forget that the tree you see towering in front of you is only part of the story. Beneath the ground, your tree’s roots can grow an incredible width, and while most roots remain relatively shallow, there can always be exceptions, and in certain soil types, they can cause severe damage to your home. If the roots are growing in clay soil, for example, they can start pushing against the external and internal walls of the house, causing subsidence. If you notice anything, make sure you notify your insurers immediately and get in touch with a surveyor or structural engineer to get the evidence you need the damage has been caused by the tree.
Tree roots can also enter your drainage system if it is already damaged, causing pipes to crack and resulting in serious plumbing issues. The good news is that in cases like these, you are best off repairing your drainage system properly, and you won’t have to reach for your tree saw and cut down the culprit. But let’s face it – the cost is significant.
Despite their enormous size, trees can be incredibly delicate lifeforms. Obviously, they are susceptible to ill health from many of the tree diseases and insect infestations that take hold all over the country. But, as pointed out over at Happy’s Tree Service, LLC, even if you prune them incorrectly it can have a disastrous effect. If you are unsure about how to look after your garden trees properly, it’s worth hiring an expert arborist to come over and give you some pointers.
Most gardens with trees have some species near border such as walls, garden fences, or hedgerows. And while you might spend hours outside enjoying your incredible flora, your neighbors might not be so happy. Your tree could be blocking the sun from their garden, causing cracks in the wall, or just overhanging and being a nuisance. At the end of the day, you have to think whether it is worth it to keep the tree in all its glory or to deal with it. We’ve all heard tales of neighborly disputes that get ugly and cause problems for many years – do you really want that atmosphere surrounding your home life?
Finally, while you probably hate the idea of removing trees from your garden, it’s a necessary evil sometimes. Diseased trees that are on a serious decline and any tree that is causing the problems listed above is only going to make the problem worse if you don’t deal with it. It’s a dangerous business, too, and you should always reach out to a local professional. Yes, it’s going to cost you money, but your garden and home will be a better place for it.