Plant Recommendations

Tree Roots Near Foundation

Anonymous added on August 18, 2012 | Answered

I currently have Norway maples and ash trees growing right next to my house, whose root systems are entering the foundation. I need to remove them. But I really want some trees on my small lot. Which trees have the deepest tap roots and the least aggressive horizontal roots so that I can plant some trees and not worry about root issues in the future. I thought of native oaks or hickories or even catalpa. What do you think? Are there better choices?

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Answered on August 20, 2012

Japanese maple, dogwood, and lilac all make suitable foundation plantings, though any tree needs to be planted at least 5 feet from the foundation and 3 feet for shrubs. This article has some other suggestions that you may like:

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