Planting and taking care of trees is a great way to boost a home’s curb appeal, and October and November are the best months for planting trees because of the cooler soil. Before planting, though, you’ll want to be sure that the trees you add will also add value to your home. Watch out for these common tree dangers to keep your home and yard in prime condition.
1. Roots Harming the Foundation
In most cases, tree roots cannot pierce through a home’s foundation. But this doesn’t mean that they can’t do other damage. If there are already pre-existing cracks in a building’s foundation, a large tree root can penetrate through. Big root systems are also known to lift or unsettle the foundation, by growing underneath the home and leeching water from the soil. Beware of large trees too close to the home or drainage piping, and if it looks like there could be a problem, hire a professional to consult with before the problem really gets out of hand.
2. Trees Ruining the Roof
It’s common sense not to have a big tree hanging right over your house. After all, falling branches can be seriously dangerous for your home and your safety. But there are other reasons you don’t want a tree branch hanging too close to the roof. Leaves, broken twigs, and other droppings from trees can really take a toll on your gutters. Clogged gutters can then lead to ice dams, or water penetrating through to the house. And trees can also be used by insects and rodents to gain access to your house. You should always plant trees far from your house, since it’s hard to predict exactly how far each tree’s roots will spread.
3. Unmanaged Trees Looking Terrible
In addition to the structural reasons to take care of your trees, it’s important for curb appeal to keep up with tree maintenance on your property. Dead trees can take years to fall, and will result in a never-ending process of decay and falling twigs, branches, and then the trunk. In the end, this can leave your home looking more haunted and vacant than warm and inviting.