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Reasons to Keep Plants Away From Your Home
You have decided to improve your landscaping around your home; this will likely improve your curb appeal, add value to your home and make the property more aesthetically pleasing. Congratulations on your efforts. Just make sure you think it through. The improvement in landscaping will continue to growth in size for years to come.
Before purchasing the plants, research the growth of the plants that you are considering. What sounds like a good idea right now may be a problem in the future. If you are not sure, ask someone who knows better. This extra effort is well worth it.
We recently were asked to remove a few plants that were planted near the front of the home. If you look at the picture, the plants are obviously over grown and probably could have been cut back. When the original homeowners planted the shrubbery, they did not consider all the problems that this may have created.
Reasons for not planting too close to the home
- The plants were rubbing on the siding, eaves, and wood framing.
- There was a large amount of insects and pests in the dark shaded area.
- The roots were putting pressure on and cracking the water supply and irrigation lines in the planter box.
- The two bathroom windows were block of all sunlight
These were the reasons why we removed the plants in the photo; there are many other concerns that should be considered. Maybe you can relate to some of these in your local area.
Other reason not to plant to close to your home
- Trees and shrubs can allow squirrels and rodents to gain access to the home
- Roots can damage concrete and foundation
- Branches can damage roof and gutters
- Some plant promote snails, slubs and assorted pests
So if you have landscaping that is causing problems with your property, hire a professional or correct the problem yourself. If you are getting ready to do your own plantings, consider the long term consequences of your decision. If you need help, contact a qualified contractor with experience in this matter.
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