4 Trees known to have Invasive Roots
It is delightful in a residential space to have trees that provide shade and fresh breeze. It helps make the environment less suffocating and stuffy whenever trees are around. However, not all trees are friendly and good for the environment of the home. There are those that provide more harm than good. Trees that are proven harmful to the plumbing system should not be planted in areas that are near occupied homes and establishments. To know more about the type of trees that you should invest on, here is a brief list of what you shouldn’t get:
This tree is considered to be one of the most appealing types of trees with its large size and wide array of species that come in different colours and shapes; from weeping willows to black willows. Most of the time, these trees are seen near lakes, rivers, streams and other places that have rich and moist soil. However, these trees are also seen in nurseries where the environment and the surroundings are monitored and manipulated. You might get tempted to plant this tree since it adds to the aesthetic beauty of the property. However, this tree is notorious for disrupting and destroying pipes and sewer lines. It also contributes to the weakening of the structural integrity of the building near it.
Their natural habitats are areas that are abundant in nutrients and are moist. That is the reason why when placed in a dry environment, it will do anything to gain access to the nearest source of moisture and, in most cases, this is you plumbing pipe. The roots of this tree tend to spread wide in search for the nearest water source and it will only be a matter of time before it reaches your pipes.
For people who have the heart and inclination for landscaping, Magnolia trees are quite popular because of their enchanting smell. However, in spite the beautiful smell and structure of the tree, there are a few who are wary to choose and plant Magnolia in their property because of its wide-spread roots that are known to make a quick work of infiltrating pipes in order to access the moisture inside it. In the process, it ruptures the pipe and blocks the interior resulting to failure in the plumbing system.
There are over 80 different species of magnolia trees. With it firm and rope-like structure of the roots, it makes the work of damaging a pipe easier. To make things worse, tree roots have this uncanny way of always finding even the slightest give in a pipe and infiltrating that crack.
These trees win the heart of homeowners and gardeners because it does not only add beauty to the landscape; it also bears fruit for consumption while some are even able to release refreshing fragrance. The fruits are handy when it comes to needing scrumptious deserts.
The disadvantage of this tree type lies in one of its strengths. Because it has to produce fruits, its water and nutrient needs are about twice as much as an average tree. When it ceases to find it in the
given nutrition, it seeks the nearest source of moisture and, often than not, this is your plumbing lines. That is the reason why these plants are banned from being planted near residential structures.
Poplar trees are popular for their large canopies that provided needed shade and cool environment during the summer. This tree type has over 35 variations. What makes this tree dangerous for your plumbing system is that its roots grow up to 160 to 450 feet long. Long enough to reach your plumbing pipes rupture them and cause your plumbing system to be ineffective. So, even when planted far from the home, it is not impossible for the roots to reach it especially when the root lacks moisture and nutrition from the soil around it.