A Lesson for DIY Landscapers (& Professionals, too)

Posted by in Basements, What happens when ...? | October 16, 2017

Ever wonder what happens when you plant a tree sapling too close to a basement wall?

Figure 1 Remnants (ground stump) of a tree allowed to grow too close to a basement wall.

This is what can happen, “Many years later.”

Figure 2 Basement wall exhibits severe inward bowing, shifting of the block, and cracking from the progressive growth of tree roots.

This is probably much closer to a wall than anyone would purposely plant a tree, but it shows what can happen.

Please allow plenty of room for tree roots to expand.

And for the Knights That Say “Ni”, that includes shrubbery too.

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