TREES AND ROOTS - Knowledgebase Question

Auburn, NY (Zone 5A)
Question by jefferds05
May 16, 2007
WHAT KIND OF TREES COULD I PLANT NEAR MY HOUSE THAT WONT HARM MY BASEMENT OR FOUNDATION?


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Answer from NGA
May 16, 2007

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The answer to your question depends to some extent on how much space you have for the tree to grow. When you plant a tree, you need to allow ample space for it to grow and mature. Most trees have roots that spread wider than their branches, so allowing generous space for roots is important, too. Generally speaking, a foundation that is solid should not be bothered by tree roots. Roots will however grow into imperfections or gaps and can make them worse. This is also true for underground utilities.

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