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How to Avoid Tree-Related Property Damage in Los AngelesTrees provide many benefits to LA property owners. Among other things, trees improve your home’s curb appeal, adding value to your property. However, if you’re not careful a tree can become a big liability.

Types of Property Damage That Can Be Caused by a Tree’s Root System

A tree depends on its root system for support, water, and nutrients. The root systems of some trees can be quite extensive, penetrating several feet into the soil and spreading out for several yards around the tree. This can be a problem when a tree with an extensive root system is planted too close to a house or other structure.

A tree’s root system can cause all kinds of problems that can affect the value, appearance, and safety of your property, including:

  • Foundation damage
  • Lifted and cracked driveways, walkways, and sidewalks
  • Root infiltration of your home’s sewer lines
  • Trip and fall hazards from surface roots

The best way to prevent root-related property damage is to avoid planting trees with invasive root systems or planting trees too close to a home or other structure

Trees With the Most Damaging Root Systems

The extent of a tree’s root system is an important factor to take into account when you’re selecting a tree for your yard. Here are a few of the trees with the most damaging root systems:

  • Norway maples
  • Silver maples
  • Oaks, including the pin oak and Pacific live oak
  • Ash
  • Poplar
  • Walnut
  • Cottonwood
  • Sycamore

Trees With the Least Damaging Root Systems

Fortunately, there are a number of trees that don’t cause root problems. These include:

  • Japanese maple
  • Crape myrtle
  • Eastern redbud
  • Dwarf apple tree
  • Southern sugar maple
  • Dogwood
  • Star magnolia
  • Gardenias
  • Prairiefire and other types of crabapples

Avoid Root Problems With the Help of an LA Landscaping Professional

A root system is just one of many factors to consider when selecting the right trees and shrubs to plant on your property. Many Los Angeles property owners hire a landscaping professional to help them choose the best trees and shrubs to plant on their property. A landscaping professional will make recommendations based on location, soil conditions, climate, as well as their personal preferences.

Landscaping companies offer tree services as well. They’ll be able to plant the trees you select and keep them healthy and looking their best. They can also help with the nonorganic elements of a landscape, such as walkways, sprinkler systems, water features, etc.

Los Angeles Tree and Landscaping Professionals

Gutierrez & Sons Landscaping are the people to call for the best landscaping services in the Los Angeles area. We’ve been serving LA home and business owners for more than 25 years. Our team of landscaping professional deliver a complete range of tree and landscaping services, including tree planting and removal, pruning and trimming, hardscaping, fencing, and more.

We’re here to help you achieve your ideal landscape and build on the value of your home and property. Contact us through our website, or call us at (310) 324-6593 to get a quote and find out more about our services.