One of the most common problems with home gardens is plants, particularly trees, that grow too large for their location.
The right tree in the right spot
Here are keys to avoiding this:
Research how tall and wide a particular kind of plant or tree will be at maturity. That cute sapling at the nursery could grow up to be a giant you don’t have space for.
Avoid planting a tree too close to the house. At full size it may damage the roof and gutters and need to be cut back.
If the tree is deciduous (loses its leaves each fall), will the winter sun cause the rooms nearby to be too bright?
Trees with aggressive and/or shallow root systems shouldn’t be planted near the house, pavement or other surfaces as they can potentially cause serious damage to the foundation.
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