There’s no doubt that a big part of having a country house is the associated grounds and a central feature of these grounds are its trees. Here in the UK we have many amazing species of tree as well as a range of foreign species that have become popular and common sights. These trees are a great pleasure to have around and add feature to any gardens but they do require some help to keep in top condition and to avoid them having a negative effect on your home. With the help of Tree Clinic West London, we’ve pulled together some useful information about how to manage and maintain the trees on and around your country property.
The majority of trees don’t cause damage to houses but their roots can extend up to three times their height. While modern buildings are less likely to be affected by trees, older period homes can face some potential problems. The land on which the house is built and the tree stands can also have an impact on this while problems such as subsidence tend to worse in dry years.
Other problems that can be caused by trees in proximity to a house or also just on the ground are physical threats such as falling limbs or even the risk of the whole tree toppling in high winds, of which we have had rather a lot in recent times.
Trees can also cause issues with blocked drains as well as forming cavities in the soil that changes the flow of the water. Again on older properties such as country houses, older techniques and materials will have been used that are more at risk than modern versions.
Finally, tree roots can cause problems to other elements around the gardens as well as the house. Breaking up paving and paths, interfering with lightweight garden structures such as sheds and garages and generally spoiling the look of the grounds can all occur.
Country houses don’t face issues such as neighbours complaining about trees the way that some properties do but there may be issues if the tree overhangs a public highway. It is also necessary to let insurance companies know about any trees close to the property as this can affect the validity of your policy in the event of a claim.
Dealing With Your Trees
No-one wants to get rid of trees but they do require some maintenance and care to prevent these worst-case scenarios coming true. With the country home, the planting of the trees may well have been done before an awareness of the problems they can create was common and the trees may also be protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
It can be a good idea to employ the services of a professional to help with bigger or taller trees as specialist equipment will often be needed to care for them. Tree surgeons are able to help the tree stay strong and upright, removing any parts that are dead or dying and ensuring that the tree has a solid root system. They will be able to track the roots to see if they are causing any additional problems under the ground. Smaller trees can be gently pruned and monitored to ensure they don’t become too sizeable and cause a problem for the house or gardens.