Trees and shrubs, when carefully chosen and properly planted, add beauty and value to your home. They serve many purposes, too – they fill gaps, provide privacy, screen sights and sounds from next door, and, more importantly, provide shade.
One of the things to consider prior to planting trees and shrubs is to find out how close they should be to your home. Goodrich Roofing, one of the top local roofing contractors, sheds light on the topic as well as provides tips on how to do so properly.
Planting Shade Trees
As it turns out, the distance between the tree to your home varies depending on the size of the tree. Trees that provide shade, for instance, vary in height and spread. The larger the tree, the farther away it should be from the structure.
A large tree with a height of 70 feet or more must be planted about 20 feet from your home. A medium-sized one ranging between 30 to 70 feet in height should be 15 feet away while a small tree with a height of 30 feet or less must be 8 to t10 feet away.
Some Do’s and Don’ts to Remember
When planting trees, be sure to select those that can grow in scale with your home. Large trees work well with two-story residences while small and medium ones work for smaller homes. However, don’t choose trees that can cause damage to your home, especially to your roofing system.
Avoid those that drop fruit or shed seed pods. Also, don’t select trees that pose hazards to your home, such as those that easily sway during strong winds. Overhanging limbs must be regularly trimmed to prevent branches or leaves from collecting on the roof and gutters. Doing so not only helps keep your roof clean, but also halts the potential of rodents and other critters from entering your home and attic via your roof.
When you choose Goodrich Roofing, you choose an expert in New Mexico roofing. We offer new roof installations and general roof maintenance. Call (505) 219-4450 to learn more about our services. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve residents of Albuquerque and surrounding areas.