NHBC’s guide to safeguarding homes and trees
It’s the peak time of the year for new gardeners to plant trees and shrubs – but do you know some root systems can damage your home?
Inexperienced gardeners often pick up the first thing that catches their eye with little regard to its eventual height or demands on a garden.
The prime culprit is the Leylandii conifer, often seen towering over gardens, planted when they were tiny and often sold as ‘dwarf’ conifers by unscrupulous (or ignorant) sellers in the 1970s.
Even experienced gardeners can fall foul of this – in my case, a now huge Phormium in the front garden which is proving impossible to tame, sold as a ‘medium-sized’ plant. Continue reading “Planting trees near houses”