Trees are a natural and beautiful feature to have near your home, providing shade, a nesting place for birds, and natural scenery. But especially larger trees can be dangerous, and even smaller trees can cause other damage. So when planning the placement of your new home around existing trees, or when planting new ones, consider the following.
When it comes to trees closer to your home, only select trees that are slow-growing and hardy. Weaker, faster-growing trees are prone to breakages when wind or snow puts pressure on them. The tree, in turn, can damage your home or pose a safety risk to passersby. It’s also worth avoiding fruit, seed, or berry-producing trees near your home, especially if you have outdoor areas. These trees will quickly create a mess in certain seasons, making your floors and walls far harder to maintain and keep clean. One further concern is whether or not the type of tree is prone to attract pests. Many tree families make attractive homes for insects such as wasps and termites, which can quickly spread into your home.