How far away can trees safely be planted from your house?

How far away can trees safely be planted from your house?

Last Edited: 12/07/2017

Trees that are carefully selected and placed can add significant value and beauty to your home's landscape. What's more, if they're planted around the edge of the property, they can also provide plenty of shade, windbreaks and privacy, which can be invaluable. 

How close to my house can I safely plant a tree?

A large mature tree, such as an oak or ash, can exceed heights of 70 feet, and so should be planted a minimum of 20 feet away. Medium-sized trees that are no more than 70 feet tall should be planted at least 15 feet away, and smaller trees that are 30 feet tall or less, such as apple trees, should be a minimum of 8 to 10 feet from your home. 

What are the dangers of planting a tree too close to my house?

Don't take the risk of planting trees too close to your house, as trees with large root systems could cause structural damage or damage to patios, driveways and potentially even underground pipes. You should also keep in mind that overhanging tree limbs can drop leaves that can clog gutters or cause damage to roofing materials. 

Guidelines for choosing trees

At Todds Nursery, we advise choosing trees that are in scale with your house and the garden or yard. They should also be adapted to the area, as this can reduce the likelihood of insect infestations. 

Using a professional planting service 

It's important to take great care when planting trees in your garden. In fact, many people hire professionals to provide a dedicated tree planting service. 

Experienced planters, like our team here at Todds Nursery, will ensure that trees are properly planted and that they do not grow at an angle (which could eventually lead to them toppling over). Proper planting, which includes not planting them too near to the house, can reduce the level of maintenance required in the future. 

Whether you want to plant a mature tree, semi mature tree, or even instant hedging to add a beautiful border to your garden, it's worth calling in a team of professionals. At Todds Nursery, we can deliver a first class tree planting service that achieves exceptional results.