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Can overgrown trees cause damage to properties?

Being nature’s gentle giants, the benefit that trees bring goes far beyond the enjoyable environment they produce. Planting trees on your property brings amenities to your living. They provide you with good shade; can be a privacy barrier from nosy neighbours and can be the new home to many animals. Trees are the lungs of mother nature itself so why is there a difference in opinion on planting trees on properties?

Having trees in your garden can boost your home’s value and can be appealing to the eye but these trees need to be kept in top shape or else they can cause damage to you or to your neighbours.

The damage caused by root growth

A growing tree is full of surprises. Although it looks innocent, what goes on deep within the soil gets unnoticed. Roots grow 3 times more than the canopy of the tree. They tend to run deep into the ground in search of water. This natural behaviour allows trees to have a strong grounding and helps them get nutrients. After roots have travelled that far down, they will come back up; this can cause slopings on your patio and block your drains. If unstoppable they can penetrate your home’s foundation and cause a crack in the walls and ceilings.

Accidents caused by loose branches

Over-hanging branches can pose a threat to your property. On those rare sunny days, these branches can seem harmless but due to rain and wind, loose branches can slam into your roof and windows, causing serious damage. Loose branches can snap off at any unexpected moment.

Sticky sap

Sticky sap leaking from trees is not a serious risk to your property but can pose as a nuisance. Cleaning away the sap off your patio, car or windows can be a tedious task.

Trees to keep an eye out for

  • Oak and willow trees

These are one of the few examples of trees that grow tall and have a strong root system. These tree roots could potentially damage your foundations. They can pose structural damages to your property.

  • Pine, lime and elm trees

These trees are prone to leaking sap, otherwise known as honeydew. This sap when hardened can be difficult to remove and can attract insects. The sticky sap can affect paintwork and make walkways a safety risk.

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