Spacing trees far enough apart during planting is essential to ensure they get the nutrients they need to reach their mature size without competing with other plants and trees nearby or damaging property. The professional tree trimmers in Marietta, GA, with Top Tier Trees want you to know about the three main reasons to consider spacing between trees when planting.
Depending on the species, the roots can expand up to three times the expected height of the mature tree. There are also several types of roots that trees grow, including:
Some species grow an especially deep taproot directly beneath the tree, meaning you should never plant these species over an underground water, septic, sewer, or power system. Others grow a wide set of lateral and oblique roots (such as deciduous trees), creating a potential trip hazard in your yard and interfering with other trees’ root systems.
Aggressive trees include:
You should plant these trees over 100 feet from any underground or above-ground structures like swimming pools, homes, businesses, roads, sidewalks, septic tanks, and other trees. These trees grow expansive root networks that will take over any obstruction, causing damage to water lines, building foundations, walls, and other plant roots.
Don’t forget to plant these species over 100 feet from your neighbor’s home, fence, or pool. You don’t want to discover too late that you’re responsible for damaging their property if your tree overgrows your yard and causes a problem.
Even conifers like spruce and pine trees with less expansive root systems can cause damage if a storm knocks them onto your house or your neighbor’s home. These trees often grow very tall, easily topping 70 feet. Give a wide berth for your home when spacing trees.
Tall trees can grow wide branches that rub on roofs or drop pinecones, needles, leaves, and other debris over your shingles, leading to damage and leaks over time.
Check out the tree spacing calculator below to plan how to plant popular tree species.
The Top Tier Trees team have ISA-certified arborists. If you want to plant trees around your home or business in Marietta, GA, contact them to help you choose which species will best suit your property and how to plan spacing trees for planting. Call today to schedule an inspection.