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Home Maintenance Tip: Prune Shrubs and Trees to Protect Your House

Posted on March 14, 2014

Besides presenting a neat, pleasing and welcoming look for your house, there are plenty of reasons to prune bushes and trees that are adjacent to your house. Overgrown trees and shrubs can damage your house.

 1.  Even though building materials such as siding, brick and trim, are expected to get wet from rain and from humid air, it is important for building materials to have the opportunity to dry out. When shrubs and trees grow too close to the house and even come in contact with the house, there is not sufficient air flow for building materials to dry out. As a result, this constant moisture can promote wood rot and even delamination of composite building materials, as well as insect infestations.

2.  In addition, limbs or even an entire tree can break off during storms and fall on your house.

3.  Trees and shrubs too close to the house can generate extra leaves and debris in the gutters preventing proper drainage away from the foundation during rain storms.

So, pull out your shears and start pruning your shrubs, plants and trees to protect your house. If it seems like you have pruned too much, then it’s probably the right amount. Don’t forget to be careful especially if you have overhead power lines. Call in the professionals if necessary.


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