Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Plant a Tree Too Close to Your Home

Planting a tree in your yard is one of the best home investments you can make. A large, lush tree can greatly enhance your home’s curbside appeal, potentially adding thousands to the value of your property. Trees provide shade, privacy, and other benefits as well.

What types of trees should you plant? Because of our mild climate, Los Angeles homeowners have many options when it comes to choosing what types of trees they want to plant. You can choose trees based on factors such as color, size, shape, the type of fruits or nuts they produce, and more.

Where You Plant a Tree is Very Important

One of the most important things to keep in mind when planting a tree is where you plant the tree. Where you plant a tree can affect a lot more than its growth. Planting a tree too close to your house or other structure on your property could have serious consequences, such as:

Invasive roots

Planting a tree with an extensive root system too close to a house can be a big mistake. Root systems can cause damage to your home’s foundation, its sidewalks, driveways, and walkways, and the underground piping running beneath the soil. Foundation cracks, uplifted sidewalks, and broken, clogged sewer lines are just a few examples of the kinds of damage that can be done by tree root systems.

You can avoid these problems by selecting trees that don’t have invasive root systems. Avoid planting silver maples, willows, American elms, and other trees with invasive root systems too close to your house. There are many trees with minimally invasive root systems that can be safely planted near a house, such as the Japanese maple, crape myrtle, Kousa dogwood, and eastern redbud.

Falling Branches and Debris

Leaves, twigs, and nuts can fall into rain gutters, causing them to clog. Extreme weather can cause large branches to fall off; if they fall onto your home or automobile they can cause severe property damage and personal injury. If the tree is damaged, diseased, or structurally unsound, the entire thing may come crashing down on your house.


Moisture issues can be another problem when trees are planted too close to a house. Trees can cause the amount of water in the soil to fluctuate. These fluctuations cause the soil to expand and contract, which can cause your foundation to shift and crack.

Having your trees regularly inspected, pruned, and trimmed by a professional landscaping company can greatly reduce the chances of tree-related property damage. A landscaping professional will also be able to provide useful advice on what types of trees best suit your property and the best places to plant them.

Professional Los Angeles Tree Services

Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping wants you to make the best decisions when it comes to landscaping your property with trees, flowers, bushes, and other vegetation. Family-owned and locally operated, we’ve been providing expert landscaping services to home and business owners throughout the Los Angeles area for more than 25 years. We offer a complete range of residential and commercial tree care services, including:

  • Tree planting
  • Tree pruning and trimming
  • Dead tree removal
  • Palm tree trimming and skimming
  • Root removal

Landscaping is a great way to invest in your home. Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping is here to help you grow that investment. Contact us through our website or call us at (310) 324-6593 to learn more about how our landscaping services can increase the value of your property.