05:33PM | 01/21/02
Member Since: 08/03/01
8 lifetime posts
We are almost ready to move into our new 1 1/2 story L-shaped house and want to plant an oak tree. I am unsure of where the best location to plant a Willow Oak tree would be. Would it look better in front of the 2 story part or should it be planted in front of the 1 story side? Any help would be appreciated!

Jay J

10:27AM | 02/01/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi sabrina,

Only you can best answer this question. I don't know where you want the shade. I don't know if you have the 'room' for such a tree. Do you have ANY idea how large these trees can get? Do you know that your insurance may, some day, refuse to insure your home because the tree may fall on the house? Do you know that ANY part of the tree that over-hangs a property line can be 'cut' by the owner on the other side of that line? Do you know that their roots can damage water and sewer lines? And do you know that the shade those trees give can prevent grass from growing unless you have a REALLY shade-tolerant grass?

Buy a good tree book and read it. Especially if it's written in such a way that talks about maintenance, size, and problems in a residential setting.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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