Trees are so beautiful and we all want trees around us, but there are situations where trees can damage our walls.
Trees should not be planted close to any structures, whether it is boundary walls, or the house walls.
Trees should always be regarded as potential sources of damage, whether it is the roots distorting the structure or that the tree is too close to the wall and is pushing it over as it grows, and there is also the branches hanging over boundary walls and allowing easy access to the property.
Although all trees should be regarded as a source of damage, there are some varieties that are more prone than others.
• All Eucalyptus varieties
• Lombardy (Free State) Poplars
• London planes
• Willows (Salix) of any type
Low boundary walls can be lifted or pushed aside by the roots of trees if growing near the surface, You need to keep trees a safe distance from any structure to diminish any potential damage.
Tree roots can also cause damage to sewers and drains and this in turn will encourage localized root growth.
The roots can enter the drain or sewer through the damage causing blockages and thus aggravating the initial damage.
All this can cause water to dam up near the wall, and the soil to shift and this could cause distortion of the wall or fence.
You need to plant trees with caution to avoid damage or either your drainage, sewer and even the mains, and also to any built structure. Keeping a good distance between all these elements can prevent a lot of problems which can develop over time and cost a lot to sort out at a later stage. It can even mean having to tear down your walls or fences and rebuild.
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