4 Reasons Not To Plant a Tree Too Close to Your Home

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Another summer will be here before you know it, and homeowners near and far will look for ways to add some oomph to their property’s curb appeal by planting new trees. As far as we’re concerned, no home is complete without big, beautiful trees in the yard. They create quite the stately appearance, especially when well-groomed. So, please plant as many trees as you like. But when you do, it should be done with special care. For example, don’t make the mistake of planting a tree too close to your home. 

It’s our job at Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Denton, TX, to ensure your trees retain their beauty today, tomorrow, and for years down the road. But when they are planted too close to your home, they could become a major headache.

Why Is Planting a Tree Too Close to Your Home a Bad Idea?

  1. Roots can damage your home — As your tree grows and becomes increasingly beautiful, its root system will spread as far as it can to build a solid foundation underground and ensure the entire tree receives the proper nutrients year-round. These roots are very powerful, and as they grow, they can grow right into your home’s foundation and cause cracks and shifting.
  2. Fallen branches — A tree planted too close to your home could have branches extending beyond the roofline. While that may not bother you, all it takes is another nasty North Texas storm to cause a heavy branch to snap and fall on your roof, car, or nearby structure. The tree could also fall over during a storm or because of disease and insects. 
  3. Leaves and twigs accumulating on your roof — Usually, this isn’t a major issue. But if enough twigs and leaves gather on your roof, they can end up in your gutters, limiting how much rainwater is pushed away from your home. The excess water around your home can cause incredible amounts of destruction.
  4. Risk of pest invasion — Pests like squirrels, rats, termites, etc., are attracted to trees and love climbing them. And the ones closest to your house make for a perfect springboard onto your roof. Once on your roof, they can climb into open windows, bore holes into your home siding, enter your attic or chimney, and even destroy shingles. The last thing you want is to increase the likelihood of unwanted pests invading your home … all because you planted a tree too close to your home.

You may ask yourself, “What’s a safe distance from my home to plant a tree?” Great question. 

The quick answer is between 15 and 20 feet. Obviously, this can change depending on the layout of your yard and which location makes the most sense for planting based on soil conditions, the size of the tree, etc.

Whether you need us to prune an existing tree or remove one that has died or become too dangerous, Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Denton, TX, are experts in quality, efficient, and safe professional tree services. Our professionals always show up to each job site with the right equipment and machines. More than just being a tree cutter and mindlessly hacking off a few tree limbs here and there with a chainsaw and hoping for the best, every cut we make has a purpose. We can utilize our CMC 83 Arbor Lift, chipper, or stump grinder to breeze through projects some tree removal companies simply can’t or don’t want to handle. Our Arbor Lift, in particular, is specifically designed for arborists and allows us to tackle any project. But even if the lift isn’t appropriate for your tree service needs, that’s OK because we are pros at tree climbing.

Just a few benefits of calling us today include:

  • Work directly with the owner on every tree job
  • Responsiveness and fast scheduling
  • We can handle any size tree
  • Full-scope tree service and removal (no job is too big or too small)
  • We leave your property cleaner than we found it

Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal Today!

We know you have options when it comes to your tree service and removal needs. Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal in Denton, TX, is family-owned and operated and has served Denton and surrounding areas since 2016. More importantly, we have the equipment, experience, and technical know-how to safely and efficiently handle any tree and residential or commercial scenario — from a downed tree in the middle of a storm to trimming a few branches, stump grinding, and removing trees that tower 83 feet in the air.

There isn’t a tree in Denton that we can’t handle. Call Clean Edge Tree Service & Removal today!