Planting These Trees Can Severely Harm Your Plumbing

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In wanting the grand garden feel, we sometimes forget to pay attention to the fact that some of these plants and trees might actually be harmful to our homes as they might severely affect the plumbing and foundation of the house.

Every homeowner knows that trees can beautify their property and give it a sense of freshness. However, in wanting the grand garden feel, we sometimes forget to pay attention to the fact that some of these plants and trees might actually be harmful to our homes as they might severely affect the plumbing and foundation of the house. While there are ways in which the damage can be corrected, to avoid going through the hassle the best thing a homeowner can do is make smart landscaping choices. It is crucial that one takes assistance from experts to make good gardening decisions. If you need any tree trimming and pruning Long Island services for  existing trees around your house, call LINY Tree Service and that can be taken care of.

While some trees along with their roots have sufficient place to grow in a commercial garden or a park, they might not be the most appropriate in case of a home garden. To help you make the right tree choices, we have made a list of trees that might prove to be hazardous to your plumbing and thus need to be avoided.  


Birch Trees are thick and deciduous ornamental trees which are cultivated largely for their appearance especially in winters. Though they are generally seen in low lands, a few varieties are also found in the mountain slopes with lower temperatures. With over 60 different types of the birch trees, there are some beautiful varieties that always stand out and mesmerize the home owners by its subtle grandeur. While the homeowners might rush to plant these stunning trees in their gardens, it is important to know somethings about it to make a wiser buying decision. These species can grow anywhere up to 60 feet in height however the roots actually spread up to 3 times their actual size. The roots keep spreading horizontally making their hold in the ground even firmer and encapsulating anything that comes in their way. If the home garden fails to provide sufficient area for their growth, they might encroach upon the piping spaces and majorly damage the sewerage and piping system. The birch tree can cause serious damage which might sometimes be irreversible. It is thus important to higher an expert to do an overall analysis and choose a viable option to keep your garden safe and beautiful.


American homeowners are almost obsessed with Poplar Trees thanks to its’ mighty stance, capacity to offer lots of shade and offer a sense of fullness to the garden. One of the best features of Poplar trees is that they cross pollinate and thus are capable of producing a variety of wonderful hybrid trees. With over 35 species of these, they can grow up to 150 feet tall and have roots spread over 160 to 450 feet wide from its base. The horizontal root wise expansion of these aggressive trees can not only damage the plumbing but also the foundation of the house or building. In fact, if a poplar tree is planted even around the vicinity of the property, it can still be harmful to foundation and plumbing of the house. It is for this reason that a lot of homeowners’ associations and communities ban Poplar trees from being planted in their arena.  


These huge trees, known as Quercus, which means the lion heart are seen as symbols of strength and endurance. With a massive number of different species (6oo Odd species), Oak trees are one of the sturdiest trees in the world. Oak trees are as wide with their canopies as they are tall. This makes it one of the absolute favorites amongst homeowners and associations. These grand trees are slow growers but are capable of causing absolute havoc in gardens. The main root of the oak called as taproot grows deep into the soil to get a great grip and absorb the required moisture and nutrients, whereas the other roots spread around and deepen their hold as the tree grows. With every passing year the roots can keep growing laterally and reach up to 100 yards while holding on to everything that would come in it’s way. One should avoid planting oak trees on personal property unless it can provide more than the required space for the oak trees to grow to ensure no damage is caused to the plumbing system or the foundation.  


Willows are definitely one of the most visually appealing trees to have in the garden. With over 400 species, some of our favorites being weeping willows, black willows, scoulers’ willow and corkscrew willows, it almost feels like there is something for everyone in the willow land. Alas, this is far from the truth. Willows are notoriously known for their moisture craving roots that are constantly looking for hosts from which they can absorb water. You will often observe that willows grow on the lake side or on the side of any solid waterbody where they do not constantly need to worry about reaching out for a far-off water source. While it might seem tempting to plant a willow in your garden area, unfortunately, they do not receive enough water and nutrients that they need in such a space and thus end up digging deeper and deeper into the ground which can turn out to be disastrous for your plumbing. The roots will instantaneously be attracted to the outsides of your piping system for some leaked water and will eventually find a way to enter the piping system and cause serious disruption. To avoid such complexities, it is advisable to steer clear of planting willows in your garden no matter how drawn you feel to the idea of it.     


Eucalyptus is a tree which has over 700 species under its umbrella. The fruit it bears is called gumnut and is known to have umpteen medicinal properties and believed to create good vibrations in the house. Moreover, it is really tall with a very thin bark and one might wonder how can a plant so dainty cause any sort of damage to a garden. In reality, eucalyptus plants have a very aggressive rooting system even though it does not penetrate very deep into the ground. The system of the tree is naturally designed to keep it alive in difficult conditions and thus, even when the tree is chopped down from top down, the roots will still find a way to re-sprout and grow. Thus, they might find a way to your water piping system and cause serious damage which might lead to long bills and stressful reworks.  

 We hope this article gave you an idea of the don’ts to beautify your home garden and will help you plan it better. 

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