What trees are safe to plant near house foundation?
From time to time, comments about trees planted too close to the house will come up on the home inspection. Inspectors notice if a tree is too close and limbs need to be trimmed. Inspectors will always write comments if the limbs are touching the house and roof shingles. I think it makes sense as to why tree limbs should not be scraping across shingles or siding, and air should be allowed to circulate the house. I also see why you shouldn’t allow shade and moisture to accumulate around the walls and windows.
But, when we get ready to landscape and make the right decisions on buying plants and trees the question always is “what trees are OK to plant close to the house”? I decided to do a little research and found that there are a lot of views and advice on this topic. But, in generalities, this is what I learned:
1- If a tree matures to a height of 25 feet, plant at least 15-20 feet from the foundation.
2- If a tree matures to a height of 60 feet, plant at least 35 feet from the foundation.
3- Make sure to plant trees 15 feet from light poles, utility poles and fire hydrants. If you are planting near utility poles, plant a tree that matures to 20 feet or less. Trees should be planted at least 5 feet from driveways.
4- If you plant a tree for shade in the summer make sure it looses it leaves in the winter. You want the tree to help cool in the summer and provide heat in the winter.
5. Trees offer shade and symmetry to landscaping and bushes protect the house from wind. So you need a combination of both to do the job.
5. My best advice would be to ask a nursery for help and their expertise. Secondly ask for a sketch or sketch out a design your self and have them help you pick out the plants and trees.
I found this list of trees for ideas to plant near the foundation. I think this is a good list, mainly because it provides some ideas on some interesting trees that you may not have thought of yet.
On a last note, go for color and interest when designing your landscaping. Remember, curb appeal is the best appeal!