When planting trees near a house, it’s important to consider the eventual height and spread of the tree to avoid potential issues in the future. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how tall a tree should be next to a house, here are some general guidelines:
Mature Height: Consider the mature height of the tree species you are planting. Research the average height the tree is likely to reach when fully grown. This information is typically available from tree catalogs, local nurseries, or online resources.
Distance from the House: As a general rule, it’s recommended to plant trees at a distance from the house that is equal to or greater than the expected mature height of the tree. This provides sufficient space for the tree to grow without its branches or roots causing potential damage to the house’s structure or foundation.
Tree Size at Planting: Keep in mind the initial size of the tree when you plant it. Younger, smaller trees will take time to grow to their mature height. You can adjust the planting distance accordingly, allowing for future growth.
Consider the Tree’s Characteristics: Besides height, consider other factors such as the tree’s root system, canopy spread, and potential for dropping branches or debris. Some tree species have more aggressive root systems or wide-spreading canopies that may require even greater distances from the house.
Consult with Experts: If you’re uncertain about the appropriate distance or tree selection, it’s advisable to consult with a professional arborist or tree care service, such as Optimum Tree Services. They can provide personalised advice based on the specific characteristics of your property and guide you in selecting suitable tree species and planting locations.
Remember, planting trees near a house should be done thoughtfully and with consideration for the long-term impact on both the tree’s growth and the structural integrity of the house.