Always try to save the oak trees if you can!

Real Estate Agent with R PERKINS REALTY DRE #01277623

Years ago in Elk Grove California, I learned that and oak tree or any tree can be saved when building a house in the drip line of the tree. You don't have to cut it down, as a matter of fact it might cost you less to save the tree. Big oaks cost a lot of money to cut down and remove.

Contact an arborist and he will tell you how you can design a drip system under your slab so the tree can get the water it needs to live. Also the drainage!

In my case I only had to put 4" abs pipe 1' under the ground on 2' centers for about 38'. The cost was only about 800.00 and it did not hurt the structural integrity of the house at all. The cost of removing the tree would have been about 2500.00

I not only saved money, but the tree is still standing today almost twenty years later. That's a good thing!

Comments (2)

Marlene Scheffer
Realty Station - Bremerton, WA
Realtor to Kitsap County, WA

In my experience, new construction with no trees in the yard will take MUCH longer to sell than new construction with a tree or two.  It always kills me to see a beautiful new home with a bare front yard, surrounded by beautiful homes with gorgeous trees in the yard. 

"One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn't the same....."  (sung to an old kids show tune)

Marlene Scheffer, Realty Station, Bremerton, Kitsap, WA

Oct 18, 2007 07:30 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent
We've finally had developers and home owners trying to save more trees when they're clearing land to build.  Some of the trees are now protected after a certain size.    
Nov 11, 2007 05:47 AM