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Trees to avoid to protect your house

506 338 Nisha Muire
When it comes to planting trees, knowing the ones to avoid to protect your house is crucial. There are many leafy neighbourhoods in Toronto but there are also many new neighbourhoods with few trees for shade and beauty. It is completely understandable that homeowners would want to spruce up their yards with a tree or two. Not only do they provide shade and shelter, they are also environmentally friendly and clean the air around them.
Although most trees are inoffensive, some trees have root structures that can seriously damage property, from foundations to sewers and plumbing. Below is a list of trees to avoid:
Cottonwoods and Aspens: Among the most damaging to plant near a home. They have root systems that spread quickly and look for water wherever they can find it.
American Elm (Ulmus americana): Has very deep roots that are responsible for clogging many sewers and drain lines.
Willows (Salix spp.): Has very deep, strong roots that will look for water every including your water system, septic tank and your foundation.
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides): Their shallow roots systems routinely lift foundations.
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum): They have dense and shallow roots that break foundations and can crack driveways and sidewalks. Also because they grow so fast, their wood is weak and can break easily during storms.
Lombardi Poplar (P. nigra ‘Italia’): Prone to disease and invasive root systems make them very hard to get rid of.
Leland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii): Although popular because they provide plenty of privacy, the centres tend to dry out and are considered a fire hazard. Some communities have officially banned them from being planted.
Planting the correct trees will add to your property value and your enjoyment – just be sure that the trees you plant don’t cause headaches in the future.


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