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Arborist

06:17AM | 12/11/02
Member Since: 12/10/02
6 lifetime posts
Bvlawn
I would like to offer my assistance in answering tree related questions.

Thank you,

Tim Walsh

Tree Care Industry Association - The Voice of the Industry
TCI EXPO & Tree Care Industry Magazine
3 Perimeter Rd Unit 1
Manchester NH 03103
Phone: 800-733-2622 ext 126
603-314-5380
Fax: 603-314-5386
E-mail: walsh@treecareindustry.org
Wireless: tmw@palm.net http://www.treecareindustry.org/

[This message has been edited by Arborist (edited April 23, 2003).]

[This message has been edited by Arborist (edited April 23, 2003).]

JamesMcEuin

03:09AM | 04/19/03
Member Since: 04/18/03
3 lifetime posts
I am new to the world of homeownership and basements. I have done plenty of planting back home in Texas, but up here things are quite different, in particular, they have these things called "basements" ;-) . My question is that we are looking to hedge the side of the house (sloped down front to back with a full walkout basement) with Emerald Green or Emerald Beauty Arborvitae. What considerations do I need to make to ensure the roots do not damage the basement walls or the tar waterproofing used on the outside?

Arborist

06:35AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 12/10/02
6 lifetime posts
Jim,

Welcome to the world of basements!

You will need to think about the mature size of the hedge and plant accordingly. Too close to the house and you will have some potential issues with siding and windows.

Contrary to popular belief, roots do not really cause damage to sound foundations. Roots need space to grow (and oxygen and water to survive). They will not break into concrete foundations or sewer pipes. They can exploit openings, but will not break in.

There are products designed to serve as barriers to roots and if you are concerned about the waterproofing or if you think the foundation is cracked. Proper installation is crucial as roots can grow over or under improperly placed barriers.

To find products and where to buy them, just do an internet search for “Tree root Barriers.” Please let me know if you have any additional questions and feel free to email me for more information.

Tim Walsh

Staff Arborist
Tree Care Industry Association - The Voice of the Industry
TCI EXPO & Tree Care Industry Magazine
3 Perimeter Rd Unit 1
Manchester NH 03103
Phone: 800-733-2622 ext 126
603-314-5380
Fax: 603-314-5386
E-mail: walsh@treecareindustry.org
Wireless: tmw@palm.net http://www.treecareindustry.org/

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